Meditation by Gail Chesson | Lent 2009
As I sat one Easter morning watching the annual baptism, I thought about how we come together on that Sunday. I wondered whether we gather out of habit or out of hope; a little of both I think. I think we like to witness. We rarely use that word anymore unless it is associated with something unpleasant such as witnessing an accident or witness at a court trial. However, the old way we used it in church meant we were witnesses for and with the person who was committing a life to Christ. Walking into water with a minister who awaits you brings us to an awareness that is not the everyday. Having your church family gather around you to lift you up and bear witness to the moment emphasizes the importance of the moment. Joy and hope are everywhere in the smiles and eyes of the church family. They know! Yes, they know what you are doing. You don’t have to explain it to them. You are feeling that great Love of God pouring over you. What a wonderful moment to witness.
A pool of healing lies
deep in our hearts.
Large or small, the hurts have collected
carving spaces, leaving scars.
Beneath these caverns resides our
healing and our hope.
Love will heal the pain.
Love that comes without hesitation,
without boundaries, without questions;
a Love even death cannot end.
Such Love has been given to us.
We need only to slip into the pool,
and the water of healing will find those
places, cleansing those pains.
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