Life Is Rich

     Life is rich.

     Just in one day, today, I attended five meetings–the first at 8:00 am with three other clergy, one at 10:30 with a bunch of folks in 12-step recovery, one at noon with the Office Manager at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (MCCRVA), one at 4:00 with a delightful woman directing a support program for parents, and one at 6:30 with fellow pastoral caregivers at MCCRVA.

     Talk about abundance! I was blessed each time. And they call it work.

     Well, yes, work was involved.  My work as a pastor. But it is, for me, work of my heart and soul.  God is always the invisible, and yet very real, presence in these meetings.

      It may be more accurate to say that God is visible, just not in embodied form. And maybe that is not exactly right either–because of course God is visible in every one of the people with whom I met. And may I be so bold as to say that God is visible in me, too?

     Can the creatures make the creator visible? Yes. Not in the entirety of the creator. But a part.

     And a part of God’s glory, God’s beauty, grace, peace, joy, love–well, that is pretty fabulous….even a small part.

    Life is rich.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

2 thoughts on “Life Is Rich”

  1. Hi Robin

    Great blog – congratulations for getting started!

    Before Christmas one of the rest homes where I am chaplain closed (or ‘relocated’ according to the organization!). I had arranged that we give each resident a framed montage of photos of residents and staff, and to write a personal blessing for each. The blessing involved comments about ‘who they are’ and what we treasured, a line saying they were loved and had loved, a thank you for all they had given other residents and staff, and a sending forward blessing for the days ahead.

    We gave them to residents with their families and as many of us present as possible. Most of these residents were hospital level care, some unable to talk, walk, etc.

    Your reflection ‘life is rich’ is exactly what went through my heart at this time. Without exaggeration, all the residents showed remarkable connectedness to us, themselves and what was happening. Each in their own way was able to respond, including some who hadn’t given notable response to anything else for weeks/months. The comments, the expressions, the calmness were a gift beyond words.

    In a matter of minutes, the depth of life was exposed in all its beauty – the richness of who we are and what relationship means, brought tears to my eyes (and the eyes of many). My life felt very full and very rich. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    Clare Brockett

    1. Clare, what a beautiful story. Your project so profoundly expressed the wondrous humanity of each resident; how I pray that we can do more and more of that wherever we are. I love your expression, “the depth of life was exposed in all its beauty….” Thank you.

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