Mystery, Magic and Merton

Midnight marks the end of 2014 as well as the end of my nine years as associate pastor of New Life Community Church. I spent the day cleaning out my desk and hanging out with the Wednesday Lunch Club. Tonight Fred and I will ring in the New Year with good friends and next week we head down to the foggy Oregon coast for a five days of beach walking, reading and relaxing.

God has brought a well written story to a satisfying conclusion. Appreciation for what I have brought to New Life has been expressed to me in notes, gifts, speeches, hugs and tears. Like any good writer, God has carefully tied up the loose ends of this novel and is preparing a new story board.

Dreaming Tree in the Field of Magic by Melissa Graves-BrownI am sitting now in my newly renovated office where I will write and offer spiritual direction. The walls are sage coloured (thanks to Fred for painting it) and the dominant piece of art is called Dreaming Tree in the Field of Magic by Melissa Graves-Brown (thanks to Brent Unrau for framing it). I wonder what magic will be woven into the new story God is writing.

Thank you all for journeying with me. I hope 2015 brings you deeper into the mystery and magic of God.

Caution by Michel Carr

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where
it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may
know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face 
my perils alone.
              -Thomas Merton

Credits:
“Dreaming Tree in the Field of Magic” by Melissa Graves-Brown.
“Thomas Merton’s Prayer” in Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton.
“Caution” by J. Michel Carr. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2014.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013, 2014  http://www.estherhizsa.wordpress.com.

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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