The community of All Souls has always called themselves the pilgrim people, from the days of our founding sixteen years ago. Today we are still on that journey as a pilgrim community whose hearts are bound together in Christ, and whose destination is the house of God. The Psalmist writes,
“Happy are those who dwell in your house . . .
happy the folk whose strength is in you,
the highways in the heart,
who pass through the Valley of Weeping (Baca),
they make it into a spring.”
(Psalm 84: 5-7)
In these past few months, our hearts are being formed through a vale of tears, even as we have been separated from each other. We have experienced pain in our church community, intensified by the impact of navigating our lives in the midst of pandemic and social change and upheaval. We realize anew that pain and confusion can turn our hearts upward towards God, inward to each other, and outward to a world in dire need of Jesus.