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Do things ever really change?

September has drawn to a close, and the hustle and bustle of getting back into the routines of life seems to be lessening. Things seem to have settled into predictable patterns for so many whom I encounter in my life.

I can’t help but look back on the things that I wanted to change, to adjust as I launched into the busyness of the first weeks of September.

Perhaps your list was similar to mine?

Cobblestone road in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Family

Exercise

prayer

work habits/ethic

Goal setting

Work life balance

Colleagues

Care

Returning from summer for me was about an adjustment to my way of operation. In my prayer and thought and actions I attempted to evaluate  my levels of courage, intelligence, heart, commitment, forgiveness, hope and despair.

Perhaps after summer’s respite I had hoped for transformation?

I began to consider how change occurs. Can we as humans be truly turned inside out upside down? Can we change the way we think, do, be, feel?

In all this I note that for many, change is not a choice. It is imposed.

Death, illness, disaster.

New life, love, hope.

These are the things that change our ‘operating systems,’ force us to reevaluate our way of living and being. So.

When has it happened for me?

In my prayer and reflection I wrote everything and nothing:

East Coast Trail, Conception Bay North, NL

Death

grief and loss

the essence of me

How and way of being

culture

Dancing

Responsibility as rector

Priesthood

 

 

Parenthood

Marriage

leadership

Adolescence

music

Sailing at sixteen

Puberty

Ritz crackers

Song and aurora borealis

Birth.

September’s headlines for many in the world have imposed many changes. Natural disasters, acts of violence and terror have turned lives upside down.

Many perhaps do not want to move the calendar to October. How can harvest and thanks be offered in the pain? How do we offer hope and prayer if nothing will change for the good?

In the midst of the imposed changes, we live, we breathe, we as Christians ponder the 

nature of both resurrection and incarnation.

In the moving of life, we wrestle with God born within us, and God raised from death.

 

 

In these two mysteries which we believe are reality, we find ways to return, to move, breathe, and grow.

I’m sure I will still be hoping for concrete change in my life, this October, and each month ahead. I believe that as incarnation and resurrection continue to be revealed around me, I find hope and life.

 

 

 

 

David Burrows

About David Burrows

David Burrows is a priest of the church, currently serving in parish ministry within the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, a place he has called home for the past fifteen years. He consistently engages dialogue and action with the wider community through creative outreach projects. Cycling, kayaking, writing, and driving fast cars are distractions in his life.
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