Dear St. PJs community,
I spend some time every day at the level of an almost nine-month-old, watching and responding to her investigate her immediate world. Letitia never tires of hide and seek.” Where’s Grandma go?” I call out as I crouch behind a corner, making sure I hide my face, because it seems I am really hidden from view if she can’t see my expression (!). Off she charges, crawling as fast as she can until she starts to laugh hysterically, the closer she gets to ‘finding’ me. The game is hilarious to Letitia. The repetition and expectation of finding someone she knows makes all the difference.
During this season of Epiphany, we hear about manifestations of Jesus which highlight his divine heritage, beginning with the visit of the Magi. As baby Letitia follows my voice to find me, so the wise men follow a star to locate the baby Jesus. All of us need assistance to navigate life… a familiar voice to guide, a community to support, and, most importantly, an opportunity to become more acquainted with Jesus.
When you experience a moment of spiritual connection, how do you feel? Are you overwhelmed with joy, like Letitia? Maybe you sense a refreshing peace in your soul. Acknowledge and be grateful because it won’t last forever. It’s curious to watch a baby’s face change so abruptly from a wide opened shout of joy back to a straightforward expression of, “So, what shall we do next?” We adults are so burdened by cares; can we heed a baby’s natural temperament that allows her to reach for the next experience? God will lead us into new blessings when we follow. How do we know the way? Hang out with others who are also curious and eager to meet Jesus. Spend time in prayer, alone, as Jesus did. And give thanks.
In the name of the Trinity of love
God in community, holy and one (Iona Community blessing)
Tudy Hill, Minister of Pastoral Care
PJs Wardens and Vestry