(also Migrant and Refugee Sunday)
Readings: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:-1-2,6-9 OR Psalm 72; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Giver of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
— James 1.17
Beloved, every little thing
is a signed card from you.
Every blade of grass and breath of air,
each moment has your blessing in it.
Each bit and trinket is a gift.
In every thought or feeling, sight or sound,
there is what that thing says,
and what you whisper besides,
and there is you.
Even in the hurts and disasters
there is your voice, your calm hand,
the unfolding of grace.
At the end of the day
my heart is strewn with wrapping paper.
(c) Steve Garnaas-Holmes, www.unfoldinglight.net
I’m using the attached for a discussion at the 8am service – on the one hand, the Song of Solomon offers a delightful invitation to recognize the winter is past, and the rains have come and gone, so let us rise up and go. And on the other, for some, that spring has turned to the depths of winter, when hopes are dashed, when the future is unknown and uncertain. It will open up a discussion about the plight of refugees, with some stories about tragedies in Europe and off the coast of Libya this week included for reflection. Refugee & Migrant Sunday 2015 discussion resource.