GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#29 — September 1, 2014

Every new beginning comes from
some other beginning’s end.

— Seneca

Greetings, Inspired Seekers:

Have you ever heard a 6-year-old say, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Me neither! But I have heard one say, “Wow! My first day of first grade!” Same thing. Really. Although Isaiah may be more eloquent, the thought and the feeling are the same. Translation: Today is a new beginning and something wonderful is about to happen.

September is a time for returning to learning, getting back into the groove of busy lives and rescheduling our days. And, at the same time it is a time for less play, a more structured life and putting away the ease of summer. Yes, with every beginning comes an ending of something that once was new.

Many traditions speak to new beginnings, in addition to the Old Testament quotation mentioned above. The Christian book of Romans tells us: Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Lao Tzu wrote: A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. And from the Native American writings: No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.

So, what is your new beginning? What will September bring for you as we close the shades on summer and step into new school shoes?

A new friendship
A new purpose
A new awareness

New beginnings require reflection, response and action. May yours be blessed. Reach out. Open up. Beware of getting stuck at a time when the world beckons us to shift.

Grace-Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: Today I am open to all of the new beginnings that my Creator places before me. I am walking through new doors!

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