Meditation written by Cathy Tamsberg.
Read by Felicia Roper.
On this day before a Sabbath Sunday, ponder this story from the Desert Fathers and Mothers shared by Sister Joan Chittister:
One day a hunter in the desert saw Abba Anthony enjoying himself with the brethren and he was shocked. What kind of spiritual guide was this? But the old monk said to him, “Put an arrow in your bow and shoot it.” So the hunter did. Then the old man said, “Shoot another.” And the hunter did. Then the elder said, “Shoot your bow again. Keep shooting; keep shooting; keep shooting.” And the hunter finally said, “But if I bend my bow so much I will break it.”
Then Abba Anthony said to him, “It is just the same with the work of God. If we stretch ourselves beyond measure, we will break. Sometimes it is necessary to meet other needs.” When the hunter heard these words he was struck with remorse and, greatly edified by Anthony, he went away. As for the monastics there, they went home strengthened.
“Leisure,” says Sister Joan in her chapter on “Holy Leisure,” “is not laziness and it is not selfishness. It has something to do with the depth and breadth, length and quality of life.” Consider today how you will use tomorrow, Pullen’s fourth Sunday Sabbath, for holy leisure that will bring depth and meaning to your life.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.