Cow Hollow Church News
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
New Birth, New Life, New Joy The Rev. David Erickson, Rector
As it happened, the night before our son Jonathan was born, Heather, Gabriella, and I got into a conversation about how our family would be changing soon because her baby brother would soon be with us. We answered questions Gabriella had and we talked about how wonderful and amazing it was going to be with another child among us.
And yet, as we talked, I became aware of a unique sadness. There I was with my wife and child and I was so happy. My life was so full of love and joy and I realized I didn’t want that to change. In fact, I was a little afraid to lose it. Indeed, the fullness of life as I knew it at that moment was about to change, be lost, and there was a moment of sadness as I realized this joy was about to end.
Every year, we prepare for and celebrate the life of God in our midst as known through the birth of Jesus Christ. We then move forward in and through Epiphany and discover all that God came to do for us and through us in God’s healing of all creation. It is a wonderful and joyous season. And as joyous as this season is, God is reminding us that the journey is not done yet, that we are called to open ourselves up even further to receive the love, grace, and mystery of God.
Fr. David holds a dog that was blessed in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis and Creation Care Sunday, in October.
Here at St. Mary’s, we have begun, again, as faithful followers of Christ in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. God is making all things new. We are beginning to explore together new opportunities for worship, service, education, and fellowship. And at some point in the coming year we will welcome a new associate rector into our midst. Our journey together has begun, and God has many wonderful gifts in store for us; gifts that will make us who we are and will be our witness of God’s love to the world.
As we grow into the fullness of Christ’s vision for us, let us celebrate who we are and welcome all that we will be. And if that is a little sad, that’s okay. It’s simply a faithful part of the journey. I love my son Jonathan and I can’t envision life without him. And yet, that moment of recognizing just how wonderful my life was before does not detract or deny just how wonderful it is now, and how wonderful it will be when we enter even deeper into God’s Kingdom as known here at St. Mary’s.
May your souls reflect and be filled with the grace, love, and mystery of God.
Published on Nov 28, 2017