First Presbyterian Church

of Bordentown

Church:  420 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ  08505    (609)298-1243    bordentownpresbyterian@gmail.com

Office:  435 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ  08505

Rev. Kristin M. Austew

on parental leave until Tuesday, August 11th

 

“The Wilderness is a Place of Mystery & the Unknown” by Sarah Are

 

It’s only in the wilderness that you can see the stars.

That’s what city living has taught me.

We can shine a light on the things we want to see-

Fluorescent and bright, lighting up dark alleys.

However, it’s only in the wilderness that you can see the stars.

And it’s only in the dark of night that the questions come.

What is my purpose here? What does God have to say to me?

What does God have to say to suffering?

The sun falls and my doubt rises,

For it’s only in the dark that the questions come.

So like Nicodemus in the night,

I will throw my big questions at the sky.

And my voice will reverberate among the stars,

And my questions will echo throughout the dark.

For there in the night, my words form constellations.

And there in the wilderness, my prayers form galaxies.

So even there in the unknown, I trust that I am found.

A light shines in the darkness, friend.

So if ever you’re in the wilderness,

Look up and find the stars.

 

Dear Siblings,

This poem, written by pastor and poet, Sarah Are, was read on Ash Wednesday. As we journey

through the wilderness this Lent, I invite you into the spiritual practice of reading this poem and

thinking about the big questions you have for God. These questions are borne out of the

wilderness, as is our connection with God. So let’s journey together through this time of hope and

hardship, faith and faltering, worship and wilderness throwing our big questions at the sky to see

what constellations they form! Let us embrace this Lenten wilderness journey as an opportunity to

begin again!

 

Grace and love,

Kristin

 

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of Bordentown

First Presbyterian Church of Bordentown

420 Farnsworth Ave.

Bordentown, NJ  08505