While Belinda is away…..

I’m sending out this weeks Sunday to Sunday. I thought I might reflect further on a comment I made during last Sundays’ worship service.
As part of the service we heard something of the story of Vincent Lingiari. Vincent was an Aboriginal stockman and land rights leader. We also listened to the song From Little Things Big Things Grow by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly. 
As part of my comments, I named prayer and unity as activities that may be seen as ‘little’. I invited us all to consider how both are vitally important and are fundamental to growth and future hope for the church locally (us) and across the world.
I hope the following articles will further encourage us all to seek that from such little things, big things might indeed grow!

“For Jesus, prayer seems to be a matter of waiting in love. Returning to love. Trusting that love is the deepest stream of reality. That’s why prayer isn’t primarily words; it’s primarily an attitude, a stance, a modus operandi. That’s why Paul could say, “Pray always.” “Pray unceasingly.” If we read that as requiring words, it is surely impossible. We’ve got a lot of other things to do. We can pray unceasingly, however, if we find the stream and know how to wade in its waters. The stream will flow through us, and all we have to do is keep choosing to stay there”.

A Prayerful Stance, from Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer 

“There are three elements essential to unity. The first is acceptance. Unconditional love and acceptance. There is a difference, by the way, between acceptance and approval……

The second thing necessary is honesty. If one of us pretends something in order to uphold a false harmony, we’ve buried ourselves in extra layers of problem and disunity. This is why passive-aggressiveness is so prevalent in relationships today.

The third thing necessary for unity is diversity. Yeah, in order to be in unison, we have to be different”.
(click here to see the whole article).


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