Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

All shall be well
All manner of thing shall be well.
- Julian of Norwich -

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can her her breathing, she is on her way.
- Arundhati Roy -

Owls 500x500The owls are nesting in our neighbor’s tree again – the tall fir whose lower branches hang over our shared back fence. Late at night, when the tv is off and the house is quiet I can hear them calling quietly back and forth –I assume they are a nesting pair, bringing food to their chicks. If I am very stealthy, and willing to sit still long enough, I can make my way to the deck and watch them as they come and go, hear the almost imperceptible whoosh of their wings, so quiet it is almost more feeling than sound. Their whoo who calls me back to the wild places I have known and loved-- the winter woods of my Pennsylvania childhood and the summer woods of Maine, speaking of life and its return.

In this time of enormous fragility, when war is being waged in places known and remembered and places remote from our imaginations, when COVID still lurks and our defenses have dropped a bit, when the weather systems of the whole earth are threatened by the climate crisis, in this moment it is a remarkable gift to hear again the quiet, ancient sounds, reminding me of the persistence and regeneration of life, season after season, year after year.

In the season of lent, we were invited to become reacquainted with our own fragility and limitations, to sit with our own contingency and imperfection and allow Jesus to re-introduce us to the wide-open acceptance of the Spirit. As we move into holy week, we are invited to hear again the stories of Jesus’ last days – last meal with his friends, last teaching, last burdened walk, last words from the cross -- and to feel the full weight of what human fear and rage can do.

And then to rejoice in the good news of Easter – that no matter how relentlessly human error does its worst, love is stronger still. Signs of resurrection are all around us: in the patterns of the earth itself, in Jesus living in us, in the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, bringing new life into our own spirits and into our life as a community. I believe in the resurrection because I have seen it. We are a sign of the truth of the resurrection!

A joyful and blessed Easter to you!