WEEKLY UPLIFT FROM PASTOR

Weekly Uplift-“Warning”

As we look at Hurricane Ridge, part of Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA, and reflect on Climbing the Mountain of Matthew this month, here is a poem by Jan L. Richardson that is in his Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation for our reflection and spiritual growth:

WARNING

Before you enter this terrain

there are a few things

you should know.

There is no entry fee,

but it will cost you plenty to make this journey.

Pack a lunch.

Lose your map.

Travel lightly. The weather

is unpredictable.

I am prone to sudden

washouts,

to the startling crumbling of earth.

It’s good to watch your step.

but what is underneath is

strong

and you are welcome to settle

there

to rest for the night

or stay for a season.

Be careful at dusk.

It’s when the beasts come to

the water,

and it’s not that they would

devour you,

but they are protective of their terrain

and will not easily yield.

I can tell you

they will never be utterly

tamed,

but with choice morsels

and soothing

words,

you may have them

eating from your

hands.

If these warnings sound

harsh, good;

this terrain is not

for the faint of heart

or for those who would travel

its contours crudely,

littering its landscape

and stripping its soil.

But I think you are

made of stronger stuff

and more tender,

that you already know

the lay of this land;

how its treasures will

yield

to your searching

fingers,

how its wellsprings will

ease your traveler’s

thirst,

how its brambles and thorns

will give way

to the waiting hidden

garden where grows the

sweetest,

most exquisite fruit

waiting to be consumed.

 

Peace,

Pastor Doug