“A young woman offered to share the reading before the morning meditation group I attend the other day. Just before she began, she admitted that she was feeling hesitant as she was afraid that she might stumble. I said do not worry if you stumble, we all stumble and even if you do fall, we will catch you, sometimes we all fall, but we are in this together and we can all hold one another up, encourage each other to rise again and if really needed then we can pick each other up. We do not sail this ship alone.
As we sat together in silence, I recalled how many times in my day I stumble, I also recalled how many times I had fallen and how often others had held and encouraged me rise up once again. I have been blessed by so much love in my life. I have known so many people who have had faith in me, even when I had none myself. How do I know this, well they have shown me so in their loving works, through their loving example, as well as through their humble human being. PAUSE.
Following the reading we sat together in silence, as we always do. As I sat there, Paul’s letter to the Corinthian’s came mind, particularly those words on Love and the three keys that he says remain “Faith, Hope and Love”. I thought to myself, are these three the key to me? I sat in the silence until somewhere in the soul of me came an answer. Yes, it was three things but three slightly different ones to Paul. It came to me that the three keys are being real, living in love and doing your job. What do you think about these three? Maybe you could consider three of your own. There you go there’s some homework for this month, for those who like it.”
This devotion explores the spiritual lessons from both winter and the book of Ecclesiastes. How importance it is not to wish any aspect of life away. That there is a real power and beauty in the barren stillness of winter. That the key is to give ourselves wholeheartedly to each moment to fully experience the joy of living in all its mystery, that in trying to cling to what falling only inhibits our lives...