Connected to something bigger
“When everything around you is changing, turn to the part of you that doesn’t change, that is calm, centered, and connected to something bigger.”
— Ariane de Bonvoisin
Churchgoing people are accustomed to hearing various metaphors for faith. It’s spoken of as an anchor, a rock, a fortress, and a shield. It’s described as “the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things unseen.” All these images take on new meaning when crisis overtakes what used to be normal life.
As change, sorrow, fear and chaos swirl around us, it’s easy for all that matters most to get tossed away. It helps to have these images to ground us. We hold fast with gritted teeth and closed eyes, sensing the unseen foundation beneath us. Our spirits are strengthened by the intangible but real presence of others who are standing with us, in prayer, hope, faith and courage. The connection to something bigger than all our troubles can sustain us, as it has before and will again.
My gratitude goes out to all of you who are in that company whose presence we feel and cherish. I wish for all who visit here today a time of contemplative awareness of that calm, centered connection.