We spent much of our time giving thought to the call to this church – and to all churches – to hold what has been and is, while at the same time reaching out to birth new things. Lisa taught us the word “metanoia” which according to Webster is “a transformative change of heart.” Many of us – all of us? – at one time or another tire of change, of the need to change, of the difficulty of changing, of needing to learn new ways. And yet without change, life would stop wouldn’t it?
I am on the watch for spring these days, and since it is not coming as quickly as I’d like, I’ve brought it inside – for a second time in the case of forsythia. At this time of year the buds are beginning to swell (all the more quickly in the warmth of my home); next month they will flower. And then, by the end of the month the blossoms will drop. We might prefer they not change, not release the beautiful yellow gems, but if not, the plant would die. It will be time to push out leaves to make chlorophyll, to build energy for the whole plant. Then (forgive me) fall will follow and in time the leaves will be released as well. Why? Because the weight of the winter snow on leaf-laden branches would not be good for the plant; because the sun is low in the sky, days are short, and the leaves were they there, would fail, not getting enough light to do their job.
Those of us there on Saturday had a chance to play “musical resources”, circling the table in the library eyeing books and magazines that we might look at to get some ideas about birthing something new. I read about using the internet, and was struck (a boomer on the cusp of retirement) with the concept of using the internet to nurture folks who might be home-bound or ill, so they can still be spiritually fed. I know that many of today’s elders are not computerized, but each next generation will be. Even here in the world of being on-line, we will need to constantly “refresh” since the technology changes so quickly. We hope others will join us another time, to birth new blossoms which may bear fruit.