From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Her life became small and very large at the same time. Yes, she withdrew from the world, but she was really drawing closer to God.
This is a good model for those of us in the third part of our lives. I know I periodically worry that my life is shrinking. Yet, as Julian's life has shown us, we can grow more deeply into God when external occupations and distractions diminish. I love the image of being clothed in Spirit now. I have always believed that when our physical lives come to an end, we dissolve into Spirit. We might as well start dressing up for it now!
If you, too, sometimes worry that your life may be shrinking, think of yourself as an anchorite - one who is keeping vigil for God. Maybe this is a good time to deepen your prayer practice. Remember, we are being clothed in Spirit, and God is holding us, much like Julian gently held that hazelnut so long ago. We are all a part of God's Everything.
We thank you for all the voices of Wisdom and guidance that continue to surface in our lives. As our communities and churches begin to open, we offer our gratitude to you. May our openings provide safe places where people can come to talk, to listen, and to laugh. We thank you for new friendships that are forming, and for old friendships that have endured. Where there is a sense of loss, dear God, may we make room for your healing presence.
Holy One, we also pray for those places in the world that are still struggling under the burden of Covid. We pray that governments will work together to help heal our world, and that all of creation will know peace.
We are grateful for all the ways you hold your creation,
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ