This I know is true
I've traveled through my history,
From certainty to mystery.
God speaks in rhyme in paradox.
This I know is true.
~ “Leaves Don’t Drop” (from The Geography of Light album by Carrie Newcomer)
The old shall dream dreams….the last shall be first and the first last…and a little child shall lead them. Carrie’s right when she says that God speaks in paradox and rhymes. God’s way of thinking is not ours and often turns our ideas on their head. Our words seem so true and righteous: “everybody else is doing it,” “one won’t make a difference,” “get back to me, I can’t right now.” They become part of our everyday language until they bump into the One who created and is creating still.
Our life’s journey of faith is measured and understood one step at a time. One encounter, one lesson at a time. It’s not a test we are set up to pass or fail, instead it is a vision to live into. There are no boxes to check, instead there are places and spaces of story and connections.
This is a season that is filled with mystery. It’s the season of carols carrying us and it’s the time of candles being lit in the darkness. In these days our heart are listening for stories we’ve heard our whole lives. If we listen with our hearts for the wonder of this message, then maybe just maybe we will hear again the cry of a newborn’s `alleluia.’
Breath prayer: “from certainty” “to mystery”
Prayer: Holy One of all history and mystery we give thanks for your presence in our lives. May we remember the vastness of your love and wisdom for all your children. May we be reminded again and again how great your faithfulness is. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.