After a week filled with pure concentrated drizzle it was heartening to be at Meeting enhanced by a genuine spring day. The developing wild meadow out back had grown much since last week, no doubt thanks to the spring rain.
A Friend contributed a short Melodica tune a while into Meeting which often says more than words.
During Meeting too a Friend spoke of attending Yearly meeting last weekend. They told us that the theme this year was Quaker action in the world today. They spoke of those that were called to great service, a strong sense of calling, backed by a discernment of Friends as the right action to pursue. Despite often feeling inadequate in the face of hearing of the work of many called individuals they said they were reminded of the writing of St Paul who spoke about the what he called the fruits of the spirit:
Fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
For them that seemed to be at the heart of everything at this year’s Meeting.
Later another friend spoke. They said they were struck at Yearly Meeting by the utter beauty of the Quaker vision. Its moral strength, its sense that we are all part of the world connected with people, animals, the whole planet. The way we are here to to connect with and serve others and rejoice in their lives.
They cited the continuing passage in Corinthians 13.4 that concerns itself with St Paul’s vision of universal love and they read the later passage:
Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things , believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends….
And now faith hope and love abide. Of these three, the greatest of these is love.
After Meeting the Yearly Meeting Epistle was shared.
We all shared, as usual, chat, concerns, drinks and biscuits and as we all spoke a wild bunny hopped into view in the meadow beyond the window.