Here we are again, the trees turning and dropping their leaves, the strong and living frame unveiled again having beautifully hosted so much growth, so much of itself. Trees so perfectly testify to life, their seeds, and fruit now making their way towards the earth to nurture all that's to come. It's a grateful fall. A pay-it-forward even. The cycle so inviting, to experience the tree in its most vulnerable transition. For everything to be removed and yet somehow it stands there naked and completely unashamed. That final transition full of golden leaves, as they truly are.
This cycle we call life seems to roll around again, and I get this sense that we are being invited to take so much of it with us into what is next. The river is flowing in the most strangest of years and the new beginning is beckoning from deep past into deep future. I had this image the other day of doing a forward roll into autumn, through the leaves that have been somewhat of a comfort to the trees and a shade to us. The trees feel like a constant, and my prayer this season feels a lot like Psalm 1, "Lord, make me like a tree planted beside streams of living water." I mean, seriously, what else is there
When I started writing this month's blog I wasn't sure where it was going to go, I just had this sense to be as present as possible and see what flowed out of me. Often I have a sense a few days before I write for Heart Matters, and this time it's been pretty silent. Uncertainty seems to be the word of the moment, but for me it's uncertainty that is rooted like never before, and what I am experiencing today is a deep invitation into intercession, into singing and prayer, into finding our voice and experiencing the stream of living water flowing through the midst of us. There is something available, and I can't really see it or explain it, but it's there and able to nourish the deep roots of who we are. It's really the only way through, the only constant I know, that there is a river flowing from the garden of delight and is truly available to us all.
A couple of years ago I wrote a song called Encircle, and I released it on a three track EP earlier this year called Giants and Figs. It speaks of the encircling nature of God and what is possible when we hear in His voice and respond in our truest essence. Part of the chorus lyrics go like this.
"...You encircle us from within and glory shines through the word we sing, finding hope to hear the art you're painting"
Friends, a grateful fall is upon us. We have to choose it, sing it, pray it, encircle it and each other as God encircles us. There is a real turning of the circle at this time of year, a return in forward motion to a Genesis, a beginning where creation is possible again, where in a beginning there was the word, the light, God's voice. There is a Genesis of separation for purpose, sacred time for connection, diversity for growth, and Sabbath to remember that which is holy in the process of truly knowing it is finished.
What is on your heart? Think about it right now. What is the word lingering in your mind, your belly, your heart? Write it down. Take a deep breath. Do it afraid if you have to, but do it! Engage with the Genesis of your season and do a forward roll through those piles of leaves which represent so much movement and growth and transition. The circumstances want our attention, but God is encircling us, lifting us up out of toil and mud and inviting us into this season with a kind and passionate look in His eye.
Goodness, I'm all ablaze just writing this and I want to hear your story. I want to hear your word and your heart. The spaces you inhabit need your word and your heartbeat. It's like no other and it's time, because Heart Matters, matter! The wisdom, discernment and grace being learnt this year is for a purpose and a plan and it's time to rejoice in the faith within you and the hope set before you.
*Sally's song: Encircle https://music.apple.com/us/album/encircle/1520402376?i=1520402379