Yesterday was our final book discussion for the 2014-2015 season of Monday Night Bible Study. We will of course be celebrating with a party in a couple of weeks, and then continue to meet for dinner & outdoor movies until the fall. But for now, we are breaking from our intentional time of study to be refreshed by the more carefree pursuits of summer.
In the closing pages of our spring book study “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation”, Parker J Palmer beautifully captured the heart of community, using a metaphor of summertime, that I have the joy to experience in my home weekly. Such a sweet ending to a meaningful season, shared with some of the most amazing women I know.
“In the human world, abundance does not happen automatically. It is created when we have the sense to choose community, to come together to celebrate and share our common store. Whether the scarce resource is money or love or power or words, the true law of life is that we generate more of whatever seems scarce by trusting its supply and passing it around. Authentic abundance does not lie in secured stockpiles of food or cash or influence or affection but in belonging to a community where we can give those goods to others who need them – and receive them from others when we are in need….Here is a summertime truth: abundance is a communal act, the joint creation of an incredibly complex ecology in which each part functions on behalf of the whole and, in return, is sustained by the whole. Community doesn’t just create abundance – community is abundance.”
Bring on summer!