In a few days, I will be packing up my car for the drive to Charlotte, NC, for the annual General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists. That’s one more big, noisy meeting before a bit of quiet sets in for me. I will be on vacation during most of July, and I do look forward to the ‘lightening of the sky and of the burdens’ that summer brings. But most of all, I look forward to the quiet.
We all need both quality quiet and sound. At this moment, when a pause is imminent, I can truly appreciate all the joyful noise and thoughtful quiet that surrounds me here at UUCMC. Some say that the best part of a Sunday service is that minute or two of quiet we share together, and I agree! It is in my nature to be a somewhat quiet person, so I need some quiet to refill my well.
When I was a potter, I remember focusing all of my attention on the shape of the clay, the form of the pot. But, in truth, it was the shape and quality of the empty space inside that was most important. We all need that empty space occasionally. Even though our ministries continue year round, all of us need a pause now and then. I hope you all find your quiet time, your empty space as well.
There are wonderful services planned for the summer and Rev. Rosemarie Newberry will be available for pastoral care while I’m on vacation June 28 – July 27. I will see you all again on July 31. Until then, enjoy the quiet, and may your burdens be light!