Amma Sue - January 2015

posted 27 Jan 2015, 07:56 by Richard Jones   [ updated 27 Jan 2015, 07:56 ]

Dear Friends 

Another year is coming to an end.
I feel her tug at my calendar;
I can sense her insistent movement.
I can hear her call to cross over.

Something in me wants to hold on,
to gather all the good things close to me.
A part of me that yearns for security
keeps encouraging me to grasp it all.

The firefly flicker of God’s grace
are enough to embrace the unknown.
A surge of powerful surrender
takes over all my looking back,
and ever so gently and hopefully
I risk the road of another new year. 

                                    Joyce Rupp “The Road of Life” 1992

These are just some verses of a poem by Joyce Rupp OSM, and are included in her book “May I Have This Dance” [Ave Maria Press 1993]. I think they sum up so beautifully the sense of the bitter sweet passing of time at this season of the year. All around us we are being encouraged to look at the “new” to begin the New Year, to make new resolutions, to change the calendar, and make sure that we put the new date on all our letters, cheques and forms. Even the classic images of the ancient “Old Year” and the baby “New Year” encourage us to look forward. Nevertheless, there is still a sense of yearning, a desire for the past (far and near) in our hearts and minds. And of course no matter the new page in the new calendar we still have to deal with life that knows no such arbitrary divisions. 

Jesus said: “(Everyone) who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” [Matthew 13.52].

Standing at the threshold of a new year is a good time to pause, to take some time to reflect and ponder our life and spiritual journey so far. What are the treasures in our store and what is the rubbish that needs to be cleared away; what are the opportunities to be grasped, and what are the challenges to be taken up? Sadly our modern life does not encourage such reflection and continually want us to grasp at the latest, the most- up-to-date. It fills our ears, and minds and hearts with noise and shallow distraction and we become fearful of sitting and listening to the silence and allowing it to draw us into the healing and renewing presence of God. 

So as we begin another New Year taking with us into it the things of the past and looking forward to, let us seek God in the stillness and the silence and ask God to shine God’s healing light onto our ‘baggage’. As we do we will be able in God’s light to see the glitter of the treasure and with God’s help be able to discard the ‘rubbish’ that blinds us and distract us and in company with Christ “risk the road of another new year.” 

May God bless and keep you, may God’s face shine upon you now and in the year to come.

Amma Sue