"Taking our measured steps" January letter from the Rev Arrington Chambliss

Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
— Isaiah 60:4-5

Dear Beloved Friends,

On January 6th, I drove home from work after dark.  As I turned onto Wachusett Street in Jamaica Plain, I saw with great gladness the three, shining, wise men standing in front of the manger… on Mr. Jack Murray’s lawn.

For each of the 12 days of Christmas, my faithful 85-year old neighbor assists pink, yellow and green, neon-lit wise men in small, measured-out steps from the back to the front of his yard.  And they arrive, right on time, bearing gifts for a glowing Christ-child lying in a large wooden manger on Epiphany.

Wise men and messiahs shining in our midst surprisingly are not always easy to see unless we lift our eyes and look around. And in this season of revelation that is moving quickly toward Lent, Life Together is paying close attention to: careful planning for a leadership transition; interviewing future fellows (12 so far!); and receiving site applications for 2016-2017 from non-profits, schools, and churches.

As we take our measured steps, we are inspired in this January newsletter by bright and inspired spiritual leaders in the Life Together community. Read Cicia Lee’s (LT 2015) gleaning from her year with Life Together and Eliza Marth’s (LT 2016) discoveries about the soul of money; and enjoy Seth Robinson’s (LT 2016) inspired prayer for our homes and Monica Bouyea’s invitation to love (LT 2016).    

Finally, mark your calendars for Love Matters! Saturday, May 14th and join staff, fellows and alumni, partners and friends as we gather at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 138 Tremont Street for an early evening celebration of Hearts on Fire.

With Love and Gratitude,

The Reverend Arrington Chambliss