Greetings from Pastor Lee Barstow
Did you ever hear that "paths are many, but Truth is One?" I have found inspiration in this saying all my adult life.
Another way I've heard this said is that if you read the scriptures of different faith traditions, you would think they believe very different things. But if you read their mystical poetry, you wouldn't be able to tell one from the other.
A passage from Song of Solomon suggested for this Sunday is a good example, as the writer calls his soul "my beloved" and shares her call for him to join with her:
"My beloved speaks and says to me:
'Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
is heard in our land.'"
The soul is named the "beloved" by many mystical poets. Take Jelaludin Rumi, one of best known Muslim poets:
"With the Beloved's water of life, no illness remains
In the Beloved's rose garden of union, no thorn remains.
They say there is a window from one heart to another
How can there be a window where no wall remains?"
(From Thief of Sleep)
And then in the Gospel reading for this Sunday, we hear Jesus calling to us: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Life is hard, and yet within all of us waits our "beloved " to give us rest. We have become convinced that our primary awareness comes from our brains, and God knows we need our brains to manage life's challenges. This is real. But we find our truth... our essence... in our heart and soul. This is where we find the inspiration and courage and strength we need to guide us as we face today's hardships. This is our soul... our beloved... which feeds us the bread of life. Turning to her is the most natural human movement, even if we think we have forgotten how.
Where do you find your beloved? Think about what you love to do the most, and you will be on your way.
Peace and blessings,