A Letter from the Pastor to PresbyteryWhat Do We Want Most?
The same day my psalm reading included a verse that always evokes in me a longing for holy peace within: “Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” (Psalm 116:7)
The book of Hebrews urges us to “make every effort to enter into the rest” that God wills for us. What an oxymoron – striving to rest! The writer is either crazy, or knows something critical about our nature. I suspect the latter. We must be vigilant at every turn to keep faith that, in the immortal words of Julian of Norwich, “All is well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
Such a perspective is especially difficult to maintain at a time when our economic world is being threatened anew. Here we thought we’d weathered the big storm, and now it appears that we still have some tough sledding before us. And, for Presbyterians, we are at the same time facing all sorts of changes in our Book of Order. Really, one could hardly blame us for succumbing to anxiety. Being at rest is truly a spiritual discipline, especially in times like these.
How would it shape our lives and witness, both individually and as the church, if what we wanted most is what we already have?
With gratitude for God’s goodness,
The Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, Pastor to Pittsburgh Presbytery
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