If you could dispense a perfect spring day from a vending machine then today is what you’d get for your money. Sun, light breeze, dappled shadows, insects in the air, wild flowers coming into bloom and the song of birds in the trees.
We were few at Meeting but the silence was lwell shared. The door to the area out the back was open and the sounds of the nearby town mingled with the sound of bristling tress and a very vocal song thrush. A family of robins foraged in the shadow of a tree, a blackbird hopped into view eyeing us curiously, squirrels scampered and even a rabbit was spotted at one point. On oasis of wildlife with the urban.
We sat observing a collected silence. A chance to gather. A chance to stop and wait.
A while in a Friend read from Advices and Queries as we so often do prior to a Preparative Meeting (PM).
“Are you honest and truthful in all you say and do? Do you maintain strict integrity in business transactions and in your dealings with individuals and organisations? Do you use money and information entrusted to you with discretion and responsibility? Taking oaths implies a double standard of truth; in choosing to affirm instead, be aware of the claim to integrity that you are making”.
After Meeting we shared tea & coffees and thought of faces we’d love to see again at Meeting both established and new.
Nevin the dog ran into the room to say hello.
A Preparative Meeting was held after Meeting itself.