Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Rev. Peter M. Carey - July '09 "Emmanuel Way" Newsletter Article

The Rev. Peter Carey’s July Article for the Emmanuel Way Newsletter

“I lift up my eyes to the hills;
from where is my help to come?

My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.”

~Psalm 121: 1-2


As I look with eager anticipation to serving as the Associate Rector of Emmanuel Church, one of my favorite psalms came to mind. Perhaps it is because this psalm reminds me of the wonderful hills and mountains which surround Emmanuel and remind me also of growing up in the shadow of mountains in Vermont.

If you were to follow the great Appalachian chain of mountains a few hundred miles to the North and East from Greenwood, you would come upon the Green Mountains of Vermont. Driving east from East Middlebury, Vermont the road takes you along a small river, weaving around moss-covered rocks, and amidst lush green trees. The road flattens out for a bit in the town of Ripton, where the poet Robert Frost spent more than a few summers (to escape the relative hustle and bustle of New Hampshire!) Here along the road is a sign for the Robert Frost Wayside, a most remarkable National Forest site which has several easy trails through woods and fields. The trails are punctuated by signs on poles which have Frost poems printed on them. Each poem was chosen to reference something of the location where it was placed: a poem about a stream nearby rushing water, a poem about a clearing next to a field of mountain flowers, a poem about a road not taken near a fork in the hiking trail.

This Wayside got me thinking about the ways that words and stories punctuate our lives, much as the words and poems punctuate those trails in Ripton. As I look forward to exploring Christian Education and Formation at Emmanuel for children (of all ages!), I hope that we will have chances to discuss the way that words and story help punctuate and give meaning to our lives. The words and story of our Holy Scriptures are rich, and can be told, discussed, debated and recounted time and time again giving wisdom, comfort, challenge, and hope for us in our everyday lives. Some questions worth asking are: What Scriptures are particularly meaningful to you? How do the stories from the Bible punctuate your life? I also look forward to learning the stories of the people of Emmanuel as I get to know this wonderful church family, for these stories are also part of the life of God and God’s people.

In Christ’s Peace,

Peter+

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