Withdrawal - Learning to Rest & Reset

Dearly Beloved,

Just a reminder that Sunday's worship will be in-person at Tom and Sherri Frank's home in Windsor. Bring your mask, your own chair and whatever seasonal gear you may need. Craig Bialy will be preaching for us. We will also have a couple of volunteers (Eunice Baer and Bill Currier) to hang out with kids in the playground area so parents can stay more engaged with worship. I hope to see you there!

What a gift this time of retreat and learning is! Sometimes it's easy for me to want to skip over Continuing Education and the call to withdraw into retreat, silence, reading, learning, and engaging with my call and ministry in a completely different way. This week, as I've reflected on this, I want to share with you pieces of writer David Whyte's reflection on "Withdrawal."

In peace and grace,

Withdrawal can be the very best way of stepping forward and done well, a beautiful freeing act of mercy and as an art form, underestimated in this time of constant action and engagement. So much of what we are involved with, in even the highest cause, becomes involvement at the busy periphery, where the central conversation has been lost to the outer edges of what was to begin with, a very simple central invitation. Withdrawal is often not what it looks like -- a disappearance -- no, to withdraw from entanglement can be to appear again in the world in a very real way and begin the process of renewing the primary, essential invitation again.

.... We withdraw not to disappear, but to find another ground from which to see; a solid ground from which to step, and from which to speak again, in a different way, a clear, rested, embodied voice, our life as a suddenly emphatic statement and one from which we do not wish to withdraw. 

by David Whyte, pages 237-239 of Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.