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Dear Glen Mar friends,

I've written many words already this week, and had countless hours of Zoom meetings. My soul is tired of typing and staring at screens. I'm sustained by the Holy Communion we shared last weekend and all the ways that we are making a difference in the world because of you. So, today I am "pondering" scripture from Hebrews about endurance and a poem called "Continue" by Maya Angelou.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart." (Hebrews 12:1-3).

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Into a world which needed you
My wish for you
Is that you continue
Continue
To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness
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To allow humor to lighten the burden
of your tender heart
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In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter
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To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined
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To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you
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To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely
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To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless
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To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise
Continue
To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected
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To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good
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To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit
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To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing
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To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name
Continue
And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

See you Online,
Pastor Mandy

Glen Mar Church is still closed to the public. However, Glen Mar ELC has reopened. Online worship will continue on Sundays at 10 AM. Click for more information