In the moment.

(Photo taken by Mary Hamilton at a Church Without Walls service, Jacksonville, FL, last Fall.)

(Photo taken by Mary Hamilton at a Church Without Walls service, Jacksonville, FL, last Fall.)

Last night I had dinner with a friend, and we chatted about a number of significant life events. My friend has taken a new job after spending many years at the same non-profit. Times like these tend to inspire us to take stock of other life transitions and pivotal events.

Though we spoke about “outside” things — about the details and external trappings of living — our conversation continued to flow back to our “inner” lives. We spoke about how the Holy Spirit weaves her way through our interactions and relationships, bringing texture and meaning. We spoke about the wonderful surprises that are evident in our lives if we pay attention, if we look for them.

Most often these gifts are found in the moment. Often through a chance encounter or unexpected exchange. When a friend from the street pauses and, from a vulnerable, honest place, says, “I love you.” Or a bishop responds to a tap on his shoulder and takes a moment, right before the start of worship, to step to the far side of the parking lot and listen with compassion.

These gifts often are transmitted in a few seconds, in a moment or two at most. But they resonate in our hearts. They will speak to us and teach us. They will feed us over the course of time if we let them.

About Mother Beth Tjoflat

Episcopal priest, urban contemplative, playwright, lover of hounds, American of Chilean-Norwegian-Moravian descent. Interests include transformational ministry with the forgotten and marginalized; church planting and congregational development; 12-step spirituality; Hispanic ministry; radical hospitality, and spending time with dear friends.
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