Greg Berg is a new-ish UU Santa Fe member assisting the Stewardship Committee, participating in T'ai Chi Chih, and attending Sunday Gatherings.
Hexagram 22: Grace
Fire at the foot of the mountain: the image of grace
I try to be ready. Standing still
hand gently brushing chamisa,
warm and advancing to dusky lemon.
I rest in spaces
between bad news
Rhythms, just outside my vision
also, most tears
and morning rain.
I endure acceptance
making shades and tones
like Albers squares.
I know I’m ready.
I’ve noticed asters cool,
and receding to ashen violet.
When it comes
I will reach out
hold it briefly
and then release it
to a larger place.
Steven provides Program Ministry services to UU Santa Fe―learning, small group ministry, connecting, and justice-making support. He has served congregations large and small in the East, Midwest, and now here at UU Santa Fe.
OK, I need you read something first from colleague, Pacific Western Region leader, and wise woman, Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh. Click here.
Her words reminded me of an anecdote that I now carry around with me.
While doing a Children's Chapel some years ago, I told all the kids that I was new here and didn't know anything about UUism or this church. "Convince me to come back next Sunday," I challenged. Well it was pretty fun and it got louder and funnier, but when the kid's finally ran out of steam a second grader quietly said, "You know, when you fall down here, someone will help you up."
It's why, I think, I still serve UU communities, in the hope that some little person like that will teach a big person like me what it means to be human. It's why you at UU Santa Fe are still "My People."
Help somebody up. See you on campus.