April 2017

Our “Soul Matters” theme for the month of April is “Transformations” – and this season of deep changes seems an apt time to share one of my favorite poems that speaks to the heart of this profound human work we get to do together in covenantal community:

“Easter Exultet” (by James Broughton from Sermons of the Big Joy)

Shake out your qualms. 
Shake up your dreams. 
Deepen your roots. 
Extend your branches. 
Trust deep water
and head for the open, 
even if your vision
shipwrecks you.

Quit your addiction
to sneer and complain. 
Open a lookout. 
Dance on a brink. 
Run with your wildfire. 
You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.

Not dawdling. 
Not doubting. 
Intrepid all the way
Walk toward clarity. 
At every crossroad
Be prepared
to bump into wonder. 
Only love prevails. 

En route to disaster
insist on canticles. 
Lift your ineffable
out of the mundane. 
Nothing perishes; 
nothing survives; 
everything transforms! 
Honeymoon with Big Joy!

 Whatever springtime ritual you may celebrate during this transformative time of year, I wish you Happy Spring, Chag Pesach Sameach, Blessed Ostara, Happy Easter and I invite you to “honeymoon with Big Joy!”

In love and faith,

Rev. Carmen Emerson