Dear Glen Mar friends,
Recently, a friend sent me a link to a simple video of a singer doing a simple chant that came to her in response to the exhaustion and burnout that seem to surround us. “It’s enough, it’s enough, it’s more than enough…” is the Taize-like refrain. “O weary one, I’m making for you a cloak of rest, for your holy chest. All that you need is already here, and all of the gifts you gave are coming back. The world needs you more than it needs what you do. The world needs you, more than she needs the things that you do…It’s enough, it’s more than enough.”
One of the many things I love about Glen Mar is the way that we do so very much in loving and serving our neighbors, and in caring for the least, last, lost, and left out. We do so very much, in praising God, growing disciples, and serving the world! And at the same time, I think Glen Mar holds also the truth that we are, at the same time “enough and more than enough” in God’s eyes. So, I offer that refrain to those reading this who are weary, or fearful, or who are feeling the pressure of feeling like what they DO is more important than who they ARE, beloved and precious. I offer it for our Confirmands as they retreat this weekend in preparation for their Confirmation. I offer it for people planning mission trips and service opportunities this summer.
I’m grateful for the prayers of many Glen Mar folks for my father, mother, and me this week. My dad had to have emergency abdominal surgery of a serious nature last week and I have been in NC with Mom helping her with Dad’s hospitalization and visiting Dad as COVID regulations permit. Thankfully, and by God’s grace, he got to the hospital in time, had a great surgeon, and is slowly recovering. As I write this, he’s still in the hospital but is now able to have things like apple juice and Jell-O, for which he’s grateful. As a pastor, I have journeyed with many people facing surgeries and rehab stays and similar urgencies, but being the “daughter” in that situation feels very different. I’m grateful for so much of God’s grace present in this, and for you and for your prayers. Please continue to pray for my family as we navigate what “post-hospital” recovery will look like.
I think it was Maya Angelou who said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” It is such a sacred privilege to be able to share joys and burdens together and to model as the church, kindness at the very least, but more than that, maybe even love and mercy, and vulnerability and grace. I hope you’ll join us in worship this week, as Pastor Emeritus Andy Lunt will be bringing the Word and we’ll share in Holy Communion together.
When the Church is the Church, when we gather at the Lord’s Table, we find there is “enough and more than enough.” Thanks be to God.
See you In Church,