People of Memory

Connecting with our spiritual selves is very important in this time of uncertainty. The content on this page is updated regularly and can be used on Sunday as part of your worship experience or at any other time.

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation.

Rosalind Cartwright

The Story so far – Ruth is the daughter-in-law of Naomi, both their husbands have died.  Without support in a foreign land, Naomi goes home and Ruth chooses to go with her, despite Naomi’s very best efforts to dissuade her.  The story is a one of loss and grief; and eventually of finding and joy – but we are not there yet.

Ruth 1: 18 – 21

When Naomi saw that Ruth had her heart set on going with her, she gave in. And so the two of them traveled on together to Bethlehem.

When they arrived in Bethlehem the whole town was soon buzzing: “Is this really our Naomi? And after all this time!” But she said, “Don’t call me Naomi; call me Bitter. The Strong One has dealt me a bitter blow. I left here full of life, and God has brought me back with nothing but the clothes on my back. Why would you call me Naomi? God certainly doesn’t. The Strong One ruined me.”

Poetry to ponder

William Stafford, from The Darkness Around Us Is Deep 

When there was air, when you could
breathe any day if you liked, and if you
wanted to you could run. I used to
climb those hills back of town and
follow a gully so my eyes were at ground
level and could look out through grass as the
stems bent in their tensile way,

and see snow mountains follow along, the way distance goes.

Now I carry those days in a tiny box
wherever I go, I open the lid like this
and let the light glimpse and then glance away.
There is a sigh like my breath when I do this.
Some days I do this again and again.

Check out “Music for the Soul”

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