by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG
From the September Perspective,
the newsletter of Church of Our Saviour:
While in the deli at Mill Valley Market over lunch hour early this week, another customer asked out of the blue, "You're from the Methodist church, right?"
"No, I'm from the Episcopal Church -- Church of Our Saviour across from Old Mill School."
"Oh, that's right. I was there for Good Friday a few years ago. Good to see you again!" and she was off as abruptly as she had started the conversation. I was left at the salad bar, blinking. What had just happened? Then I was chagrined to realize that I hadn't properly introduced myself, and nor had she. It felt like a missed opportunity. A missed chance to be more full present for one of our neighbors.
Being out and about this time of year can be like that. We are in the midst of a busy season where, as the principal at Mari's elementary school put it on back-to-school night: "We are drinking from a firehose." Too busy, it seems, for the niceties of life even as simple as introductions -- unless we're selling or buying something. Too frantic, it seems, to be full present for one another without condition or transaction.
Marin Deanery Meeting
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