For a New Beginning…

Picture taken during my time at St. Gregory’s Abbey (in Three Rivers, MI) a few years ago… I was drawn to it as an image countless times as–reflecting, as it does, the paradox of living which is resting and moving.

Began work in a couple-year Conference clergy/leadership renewal program a few weeks ago.

Was good to be at Camp Allen (outside Navasota) for a few days.  A lot of things to rejoice about!  And, among them: being introduced to the poetry and spirit of the late Fr. John O’Donohue–including the blessing (here, below) with which we began our work.

At the end of a nice couple of weeks of rest and re-creation, it’s a fitting “prayer” for my getting back into work/ministry this week:

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

(from To Bless the Space Between Us)

Somewhere in it all (Camp Allen, the retreat, the blessing itself, Sabbath rest),
I recall the center and heart of this blog, my dream:
becoming more authentic… and dancing!

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One Response to For a New Beginning…

  1. Margo Gilless says:

    Jim, it is so good to read your words on facebook and now on your blog. I have enjoyed visiting and traveling with you and your sweet wife. I hope that you are both well and enjoying this new chapter in your life. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts in the future.
    In His love and mine,
    Margo Gilless

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