[This is an excerpt from a piece that appeared in the UUCiA's September 2012 Plumb Line newsletter.]
I am so excited for the 2012-2013 congregational year to begin.One late summer project I have been working on is re-doing the walls in my UUCiA office (also our meeting room). I’m looking forward to having a refreshed space to begin the new year. I can’t help but notice, however, that the road to a new, fresh, clean look is distressingly messy. As I type this, the wallpaper from my office has been scraped off. But there are still bits of it on the floor that I need to vacuum up. There is still some excess “DIF” on the walls that I will need to wipe away carefully. And then, before I put one stroke of paint on the walls, I will have to do some sanding of rough spots, some puttying of holes, some covering of carpet… The actual beautification is fun, but the preparation work to get there can be a bear! And it often takes longer than I expect. (Current picture of the status to the left.)
And so goes the work of beautification and transformation. You’ve got to break some eggs to make an omelet, as the saying goes. I suppose that’s where the “leap of faith” lies. My prayer for us this year is that we’ll be faithful, knowing that the road to creating a better self, a better congregation, and a better world has some distressingly messy moments. May we pass through them with grace and love, together.
I very much look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 9 for our Water Ceremony and in-gathering. Until then…