Pastor’s Epistle: June 2017
Praying for breathing space
The confirmation class had an opportunity recently to visit the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. We had a chance not only to meet with Rabbi Busch but also to worship with the congregation. It was a moving experience for all who attended.
Being a book person, I took time to flip through the worship book we used in the service. The following is a prayer I found in the book. I offer it to you for your consideration.
The prayer speaks of breathing space — the need for space in between so that the fire might burn brighter. As we enter into the summer, — I encourage all of us to find breathing spaces so that we all might burn brighter for the Lord.
What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight, can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail of water would.
So building fires requires attention to the spaces in between, as much as to the wood.
When we are able to build open spaces in the same way we have learned to pile on the logs, then we can come to see how it is fuel, and absence of fuel together, that makes the fire possible.
We only need to lay a log lightly from time to time. A fire grows simply because the space is there, with openings in which the flame that knows just how it wants to burn can find its way.