“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan
Reflecting over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that I have been in training for this period in time. Since leaving Austin in 2014, my life has been a series of physical moves that has taken me further and further away from the conveniences of major metropolitan areas. Not having open restaurants or stores nearby has become a way of life, so when we were asked to remain “safer at home,” there was really very little change in our lifestyle. (Well, except for gathering at the Chapel. I do miss the in-person fellowship.)
Over the years, I learned to use online meeting software, create classes appropriate for virtual formats, and even to record and edit worship services to post on YouTube and then link to the various church websites. I didn’t realize Spirit was grooming me for a global pandemic. I already had the skills in place to continue weekly worship services virtually, and I was prepared to support others’ spiritual needs, albeit, non-locally.
We just don’t know what Spirit has planned for us in any given situation. What I thought were coping skills turned out to be beneficial services in a time of local and national need. When the pandemic awareness became obvious, I was already prepared to step across that threshold into a new beginning of virtual connection, of a new way of creating community within the appearance of isolation.
This week, Unity minister and teacher Robert Brumet, author of Finding Yourself in Transition, brings us to the threshold of our new beginnings. Having done the work of “Endings” and the “Void,” we are being asked again, is the threshold we are crossing our heart’s desire? Are we ready internally to begin this next chapter? I hope the answer is “YES!”
Whether or not you are reading along in our study of Finding Yourself in Transition, join us!
With great love for you,