Quaker Reflection: January 2021

May you always remember that the obstacles in the path are not obstacles – they are the path.

Today I have been looking through and sorting out my Documents Folders, especially the poems and readings I was considering when planning Matthew’s funeral. A lot of wise words. And then a particular one (above) struck me as relevant to our present situation.

It would be easier if our path were straight and smooth. But it often isn’t. I think these obstacles are a sign that we perhaps need to change direction; question where we are going and gain strength in overcoming them. And, of paramount importance, we have to help fellow travellers over these obstacles which impinge on some so much more than others.  

I feel as gloomy about the situation as most people I know. I’m trying to accept it as a learning experience, rather than a devastating one.

Marcia Thompson

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