Before we walk, we sit together….
An old phrase holds that to be a Christian is to be homo viator: the human being as wayfarer, as pilgrim. Former All Souls member, Alan Jacobs, writes, “Wayfarers know in a general sense where we are headed: to the city of God. But we’re not altogether certain of the way. We can get lost for a time . . . we can become discouraged, but we don’t give up.”
Alan writes about the “wayfaring character of hope”, which comes from knowing there is a way – and we didn’t make [plan] it.
All of us at All Souls are finding our way. And we are hopeful. In this season it especially means finding our way back to each other, after a long period of continual upheaval.
Our Vestry has called us to simply Be Here Now. To be present to one another. To tell our stories, and open our hearts to one another. To discover the treasures of grace contained in each moment we share together. Fully present means we see each other, and know one another well enough to recognize the grace even in the burdens we carry together.
We are now gathering ourselves to walk together again. To find our way. But first we would do well to simply sit together. To be here now for each other.