When I was a child, we gave things up for Lent- and that didn’t mean Brussels sprouts or cabbage! Why? Because we thought of Jesus fasting and praying for 40 days in the wilderness- the least we could do was give up sweets! And in a deeper sense, people in various spiritual traditions fast, or do without something or other, to reduce their attachment to material things , to focus more on the Divine, and to be in solidarity with those who live in poverty.
Lenten blessings from Jane
Jane’s Cooperator, April 11, 2019
Dear Friends of Wesley and St James,
I’m glad to be back in St Andrews after an unexpected time away in Newfoundland, attending to my stepmother. I gather Easter Sunday went very well in both places and I hope you all had a festive day with beautiful music, flowers and the wonderful Easter story. I spent Easter Sunday sitting with my stepmother in the hospital, but I did read her parts of the same Easter service and message you had. The hospital and adjoining care home had turkey dinner for Easter, and a kind person liberated an extra one for me. A few days later, when she had been allowed to go home, her Anglican deacon brought us Easter communion, which we much appreciated.
My last 2 weeks will give me many months’ worth of reflection, and I won’t get started with it now. I will say I’m very thankful for many kindnesses which helped us through. My stepmother has generous and devoted neighbours, Harold and Whit, who go to incredible lengths for her, taking care of her pets, bringing her [and while I was there, me ] supper almost every night, and much much more. I’m thankful for special people who will do the painstaking and not always pleasant work of personal care when needed. I’m thankful for phone calls and messages from either my stepmother’s friends or mine, some of which overlap. I’m thankful for kind friends who let me park my car at their house and took me in for some rest when I got back on Tuesday. Oh, and I’m thankful that for now my stepmother is off the critical list, and has increased home support, and will soon have more family visiting. Things could change any minute, but we take it a day at a time.
And back here, I thank you for managing so wonderfully ‘when I had to desert you temporarily: especially thank you to those who unexpectedly found themselves leading worship on Easter Sunday, the day of all days when the minister is never away! I was already going to be away April 28, thanks to the leadership of Barb at Wesley and Morton at Scotch Ridge. Thanks to Jennie for keeping the Cooperator going when I had to drop the ball. Thanks to my cat caregivers who were on the spot when I was away. Thanks to the kind person who brought me supper my first evening back, when there was almost nothing to eat in my house!
And finally thank you to all of you for all you do to care and share and help and follow a good path, whether or not I’m around. And thank you for understanding: ministers would rather be there for you, but sometimes family emergencies will take us unexpectedly away from our work.
Having rearranged my life twice this calendar year to deal with such emergencies, I can’t predict what’s coming, more than any of you can. But I hope to be in town most of the next few months. Now that I’ve completed a long journey with the Sanctuary Renovation group, I hope to catch up with any of you who’d like to see me- coffee, visits, whatever works. Please be in touch if you want to be sure I get to you!!
and since the season continues till June 9, Easter blessings to all.