Anne Lamott, in one of my favorite books, “Traveling Mercies” retells the story of when Carolyn Myss, an expert on healing, who sat next to a man on a train when everything about her journey was going absolutely wrong – missed connections, flights cancelled, trouble with hotels
and the like. She whined about all her problems to the man and he told her that he worked for the Dalai Lama. He told her, “that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that ‘this something’ needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.”
Well, if that is the case, then something positively, absolutely, wonderfully “big and lovely” is definitely coming into the world! Between the issues I’ve had at home with my dog breeding business and a couple of health scares among members of the congregation – it’s been a rough couple of weeks.
At least, I think it’s been a rough couple of weeks until I really take a good look at what’s going on all around me. I, personally, have received so much love and support that it has really been overwhelming. And then I see the love and support you have given to those with special needs – all the heartfelt “what can I do to help?” – and if I’ve heard those words once, I’ve heard them a thousand times over the last few days! We are truly a congregation that loves one another!
And then I realize that I have become distracted by the “troubles” and I’ve failed to see the blessing which is all of you and this community called Trinity Lutheran Church. If there’s one thing this church knows how to do, then it is how to love and care for one another.
Now, I know and realize that this is not something new – you’ve been loving and caring for one another for over 150 years but this love and care is constantly being born anew as this congregation shifts and grows and new people join us and we become a new and different entity. Every time a new member joins us, the character and nature of who Trinity is and what it’s about changes and is reborn as new personalities join us and bring their own unique talents and abilities.
It’s easy to become distracted by what’s wrong in our lives and in our world. But when we become distracted by those things we fail to see the goodness that is emanating all around us, God’s kingdom continues to unfold in the world and here at Trinity. It’s a marvelous and exciting thing! Don’t be so distracted that you fail to look around and see it! Something “big and lovely” is being born! Alleluia!
Pastor Sarah J. Samuelson