Refresh: Welcoming our Emotions
It might seem strange to think of welcoming such uncomfortable emotions as anger, sadness, and fear as a form of refreshment. But here is the thing—whether we welcome them or not, they are here, with us. Rather than exile them, or bury them, what if we, like a child who has known safety, feel them? What if we even welcomed them?
I like to think of the Psalms as a collection of prayers that teach us to welcome our emotions and even bring them to God. All of them. The happiness, the anger, the despair, the fear—they are all welcomed by the writer of the Psalm and, in trust, brought before God. Together, God and the writer look at them, listen to them, sift through them. Slowly, the chaff falls away. The kernel of wheat remains. When we pray the Psalms, we are invited to join them in this intimacy of knowing and being known.
Here is a poem by Rumi to read, and read again. I offer it for your pondering. What guest is showing up at your door on the day you read this?
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Deep peace and blessing,
Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor, Church at Southpoint
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Sun Oct 1 Joy Banks
Refreshing Our Imagination
Introducing our Core Images.
Sun Oct 8 Jake Tucker
The God of Small Things
Luke 13: 18-21
Sun Oct 15 Anne Baxter Smith
John 4:1-42 (**v 13-14)
Sun Oct 22 ALL OUT
No service in the Sunnyside building
For our next All-OUT Sunday, we’ll be splitting up into three ‘teams’ to enjoy a mixture of work and play near the ocean. Folks on the green team will get to join an invasive species removal event hosted by Green Teams Lower Mainland at Ruth Johnson Park. Just a short walk down from the park, folks on the blue team will participate in a beach clean-up walk. Finally, anyone who’d prefer coffee and conversation at the cafe can join the brown team — you are encouraged to bring brownies with you! 🙂
Sun Oct 29 Fifth Sunday Brunches
No service in the Sunnyside building
Sun Nov 5 Anne Baxter Smith
Sun Nov 12 Anne Baxter Smith
John 21: 1-14
Sun Nov 19 Anne Baxter Smith
Mark 4: 26-29, Ps 26:5,6
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