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From Your Pastor
January 2019

It’s been almost a year since we lost the writer Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (died January 22, 2018). Her enchanting Earthsea books trace the life and learnings of the complicated wizard Sparrowhawk. I am utterly smitten by Sparrowhawk’s insight in The Farthest Shore:

Though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content.”

Have you noticed this remarkable paradox – that fiction can be the clearest and most profound way to express truth? Tucked within a fantastical world of dragons and wizards is this brilliant observation about the glowing incandescence of memory.

Insights such as this can be called epiphanies – passing flashes of insight that ring true.

If I could, I would capture the gorgeousness, frame and display it like a painting for all to see. But I can’t, and neither can you. Like the most stunning sunset ever, it cannot be scheduled or planned.

All we can do is to show up. Come for the umpteenth time to the same old places, prepared to be bored by sameness and dull routine. Come with low expectations, hoping yet to be surprised by joy and wonder.

Though I come to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I will remember the Spirit of Christ aloft, free and loose in the world – a magnificent epiphany indeed.

Pastor Mark Boorsma

Pastor Mark Boorsma

Pastor Mark Boorsma