To My Beloved PBBC Community,
May I be a guard for those who need protection
a guide for those on the path
a boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
a resting place for the weary
a healing medicine for all who are sick
a vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
may I bring sustenance and awakening
enduring like the earth and sky
until all beings are freed from sorrow
and all are awakened
These are ancient words, written in the sixth century, and yet they are as timely as if they were written today. Words have the power to console, create and inspire us; to comfort, challenge and change us. During vacation I immersed myself in the power and promise of words…reading novels, seeking new literature and language for our time, rediscovering hope for this time.
Words allow us to capture a vision of the world, not only as it is, but as God intends it to be. And so I pray you have someone to guard, guide and protect you; I pray you can be a boat, raft or bridge of understanding each day; I pray you will bring light to the darkness and rest to the weary, provide healing whenever possible, and still offer plenty wherever emptiness remains.
While we remain apart, may words both ancient and new be the miracles we need. I thank Heidi for preaching the Word to us, for us, with us; I thank YOU for being the Word among us.
May God sustain us on our path…freeing us from sorrow and awakening us to joy!