Below is a poetic offering and message from Rev. Abigail Stockman. Please read our Spectacles Newsletter for September 2014 for more information about our congregation and upcoming events and worship services.
Heron Rises from the Dark, Summer Pond
is the long-necked, long-bodied heron,
always it is a surprise
when her smoke-colored wings
and she turns
from the thick water,
from the black sticks
of the summer pond,
rises into the air
and is gone.
Then, not for the first or the last time,
I take the deep breath
of happiness, and I think
how unlikely it is
that death is a hole in the ground,
that ascension is not possible,
though everything seems so inert, so nailed
back into itself —
the muskrat and his lumpy lodge,
the fallen gate.
And especially it is wonderful
that the summers are long
and the ponds so dark and so many,
and therefore it isn’t a miracle
but the common thing,
this trailing of the long legs in the water,
this opening up of the heavy body
into a new life: see how the sudden
gray-blue sheets of her wings
strive toward the wind; see how the clasp of nothing
takes her in.
~ Mary Oliver ~
(What Do We Know:Poems and Prose Poems)
This mid-summer poetic offering reminds me that the seemingly ordinary events of our ordinary days can contain moments of awe and awaken our spirit to something more vast and enduring than simply ourselves.
And for those among you who have spent much of this summer working in the basement of our meetinghouse – you have not just been laboring to clean a room:
you have been supporting the future of Bread & Roses which provides regular meals twice a week for anyone in the Franklin area. It is also a place to find community and companionship for those who are lonely. It is a wide and varied community of people committed to providing nutrition and hope to anyone who wants to come.
you have been building the future and the legacy of this Unitarian Universalist faith among us and its presence and value within the greater Franklin community –
you have begun a future we don’t yet know.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 10am
Service will include this community’s annual Water Communion ritual.
Let us look forward to returning to our weekly community worship!.
Blessings for your summer,