First things first

Welcome to the very first post at the First Church blog.  It’s nothing fancy.  Jane and I are still figuring out how to use this thing!  We thank you in advance for your patience. Hopefully we’ll get things looking spiffier soon.

I’ve just returned from a few days up north.  I had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Naniboujou lodge.  As we drove up route 61, I watched the little reception bars on my cell phone get lower and lower… until they finally disappeared altogether and the phone went into permanent “searching” mode.  How appropriate, I thought.  That’s what my time away was–slowing down, turning away from the routine, and putting out my “feelers.”  I breathed in the fresh air and turned off the computer and starting to look around in a new way.

(I won’t lie, though–I’m not totally displeased to be back in civilization, typing away on my laptop and pecking on my iPhone…)

May your summer begin well.

Peace,
Abby

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6 Responses to First things first

  1. Emily Bruce says:

    The blog looks wonderful! I’m excited to see what comes next this summer.

  2. doris m. strong says:

    glad you got away, I’ll be checking from time to time Love

  3. Ann Gilbert says:

    This is my first ever time using a blog, a major step for my technology-resistant self. I’d like to share with you one of my very favorite poems by my favorite poet, Denise Levertov. It’s something of a mantra for me throughout the year, one of the few poems I have memorized. The image of the swimmer is particularly vivid for me because I adore swimming — it’s the one activity in which I experience gracefulness in my body. And to lie face to the sky in the middle of a lake is also an experience of deep Grace and wholeness for me. One of the highlights of every summer is our week on a lake in Maine and my ritual of swimming early every morning, no matter the weather or temperature, sometimes with the mist still shifting across the face of the water. With no further adieu, here’s the poem (not sure if the line breaks will show up as they should).

    The Avowal (by Denise Levertov)

    As swimmers dare
    to lie face to the sky
    and water bears them,
    as hawks rest on upon air
    and air sustains them,
    so would I learn to attain
    freefall and float
    into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
    knowing no effort earns
    that all-surrounding grace.

    • Ann Gilbert says:

      Correction to 4th line — should be “as hawks rest upon air”

    • abbyhenderson says:

      Ann–
      Thank you for sharing that beautiful piece! It makes me think about how crazy it is, that we trust the water to hold us up as we do… great faith metaphor.

      Thanks for trying out the blogging thing with us!

  4. Doris M. Strong says:

    lovely to keep in touch; lovely to feel the presents of God in our daily lives, I’ll be checking in from time to time.