Patient Trust in transitions

Dear Christ Church friends,
Transitions bring to light new needs, as old norms may no longer be useful or needed. As changes surface, they reveal hidden diversities and perspectives. Complexity increases, especially for groups like the Search Committee, whose work is not only to produce as accurate a “snapshot” of the parish as possible, but also to discern the overall viewpoint and desires of the entire gathered community — a tall order! Of course, as the Church, we have an advantage that secular groups do not—the love and care of God, the certainty of belonging through Jesus Christ, and the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

In all of perplexity and complexity, our task as God’s people is to slow down and to listen and discern God’s direction.

The following was brought to me by Becky Sheble-Hall of Chaplains on the Way:

Patient Trust, a Poem by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a long time.

And so I think it is with us;
Our ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within us will be.
Let us believe that God’s hand is leading us
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

The Rev. Rebecca Black

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