Monday, December 19, 2011

All Souls Christmas Gift

You all know how precious our All Souls community is to us. This Christmas we wanted to do something special for our pastors and elders (all five of them--we're a small crew, still!). This idea for this came from one of our amazing friends there. We collected a word or phrase from as many people at All Souls as we could and handed them off to three very talented poets in our church. They took those and crafted this incredible reflection of All Souls that we were able to share with our leaders last night. It was beautiful.

On this journey of life

Between suffering and glory

Between salvation and resurrection

Between ruin and redemption

Our souls need a resting place

A gathering space to witness the mystery of transformation

A place to be enveloped by the warm care of community when we are wearied by winter

So take off your shoes, for you are standing on sacred ground

God has built us a house of healing from the holy rubble of our lives

It is here that we will be encouraged and refreshed

It is here that our doubt and despair can be destroyed by love and desire



So come, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival

The welcome mat has been rolled out

And the door lies open for travelers worn from the road

In the name of Jesus, we say

“Welcome Home”



It is spacious here

There is enough room at the table for you

Love is freely offered in the breaking of bread and passing of the cup



If you hunger

Come sup with us

And you will feast on hope, freedom and authenticity



If you thirst

Have a drink with us

And be warmed, awakened and inspired



Come

We will help you hear the voice of Jesus

Come

Bloom into the real you

Come

And find hospitality, restoration and shalom

Come

And take the peace of Christ

For you do not have to walk alone



Come

Be known

Be understood

Be listened to

Be artful

Be open

Be free

Be beautiful

Be warmed and filled

And take off your shoes



But, most of all

Be at home

For this place has been set aside for us

The fire has been prepared

And it is burning with great anticipation

Eagerly awaiting the arrival

Of

Your Soul

Of

All Souls

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