Mother Lily’s Message

Dear Friends,
As the days are getting cooler and we all begin to “fall” into our September routines with school, work, and activities, it is important to keep in mind how much we still need joy, peace, stillness and rest in our lives. Just because summer is coming to a close, we do not have to give up our summer attitudes and summer way of being. As I enter this new season, I am doing an inventory of my life. What do I need, what brings me joy? What brings me closer to God and what has the opposite effect? We should all take the time to figure this out and make a point of reorganizing our lives in a way that puts God out front so that everything else of significance can “fall” into place. I know, my puns are pretty lame! The best way to do this is to sit in the stillness and listen for God. Often, it is only in the stillness that we can hear God.

I am looking forward to my third year as your priest. Together, may we come to know God more deeply, more widely, and more intimately. May we discern the heart of God and not carry around anxiety about what is to come. I know. That is a big request based on the current times which, at times, seems so disrupted. Remember, these times of disruption have existed throughout our history. They are nothing new. Our call is to see them through, doing our part to keep God in the forefront of our own lives and assist others in doing the same. The Gospel has the answers we are looking for. Spend some time with it and see what you discover about yourself, your friends and family, strangers, and the world. You might be surprised. God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are full of surprises for all of us. We just need to find the stillness where we can hear the call to us.

Warmly and lovingly,
Mother Lily+