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Wendell Berry on Working together

I have been in dialogue with my friend and colleague, Steve Willis, about the state of the church and the relationship between generations of ministers. He is a wonderful conversation partner and you should check out his book about small churches.

In light of the challenges that every minister faces, Steve reminded by of this poem by Wendell Berry, “Healing”:

Good work finds the way between pride and despair.
It graces with health.  It heals with grace.
It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.
By it, we lose loneliness:
we clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;
we enter the little circle of each other’s arms,
and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,
and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.
 
May you, dear reader, do some good work today, clasp someone’s hand, and join the circle.

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.

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