The reflection by Rev. Jeanne Randall-Bodman presented on Sunday, September 3, 2023.
“Holding fast to goodness, nurtured by our practices of Sabbath rest, fed by the word of God in scripture and the word of God in nature, by the presence of the Spirit in community and at the communion table, we are called to love zealously and humbly. What a joyful calling! Instead of being conformed to a world committed to violence and injustice we are called to be transformed into accomplices in the work of goodness.”
“It is good to make an end of movement, to come to a point of rest, a place of pause. There is some strange magic in activity, in keeping at it, in continuing to be involved in many things that excite the mind and keep the hours swiftly passing. But it is a deadly magic; one is not wise to trust it with too much confidence. The moment of pause, the point of rest, has its own magic.”
“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”