Nothing in this life is static – everything changes. We grow older and hopefully wiser. We change jobs and find new hobbies and interests. We form new relationships with people that we meet and we negotiate new ways to be friends with those we have known for a lifetime. Change is inevitable. Now in our lives we are facing a continuing pandemic and weathering the struggles of zooming and wearing masks; and learning new ways to be the Church. We hear about change on the evening news – “changing economic conditions and climate changes” just to name a few. We can’t even avoid change in death, since our earthly bodies change when we die and we also believe that upon our death we join the saints in heaven where we continue to grow in the knowledge and love of God.
So if change is inevitable, how do we cope and adapt? An old Chinese proverb says, “when the winds of change blow, some people build walls, while others build windmills.” There are probably times in our lives for building walls and times for building windmills. I would suggest that most of the time, we tend toward building walls because we seek to protect ourselves from the winds of change; but walls also isolate us and confine us. I would invite you to also consider building windmills which can provide you with a source of power and a new way to interact with the world. When you are faced with changing circumstances in your life, seek God’s presence, seek the power that can help equip you for whatever life brings. God will help you decide whether you need a sheltering wall or a powerful windmill.
St. Matthew’s is in the beginning of a period of intense discernment over the next 12 to 18 months; as your leadership team evaluates what has been, what is and what shall be in the life of this community of faith. Your role in this interim period is to engage in prayer and ministry. I invite you to listen to the Holy Spirit and help to build windmills to power the future of St. Matthew’s. Pray for the work of this parish and pray about your ministries. Be an active part of Christ’s work in this part of God’s kingdom. Mother Pat+