Pastor's Note | Monday, March 18th
I once saw an image showing the earth being held by divine hands and an adaptation of the words of the American poet, T. S. Eliot: "He (referring to God) is the still point of the turning world." Eliot writes in his work At the Still Point in the Turning World in The Four Quartets:
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, but neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
In a world that is rapidly turning from old traditions and beliefs to unfamiliar and uncertain new perspectives, in a world that is rapidly turning from known understanding about God, in a world where our culture's values feel foreign, and in a world turning amidst unwelcomed threats, uncertainty, fear, and unknown, God remains the still point. That's why - especially during this season of Lent, but also at all times - we should keep our hearts and minds focused on Jesus, be aware of his presence, and continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and continue in the great "Dance" of life and faith to which God has called us.