What feels like the end is often the beginning.
WHENEVER ONE JOURNEY ENDS A NEW ONE IS BEGINNING.
There are multiple examples of this throughout our lives. The church calendar is one of them.
To see the full Godly Play Presentation of The Circle of the Church Year, click here. (If you attend a church that follows the liturgical calendar and have always wondered why the colors change, the video gives a clear description.)
The Circle of the Church year goes over the circularity of time. It highlights three great times of the church year: Advent, Easter and Pentecost. The rest of the year is spent in preparation for these sacred events, or in what is called the “great green growing Sundays.”
THE LENGTH OF DAY CHANGES WITH THE TIME OF YEAR.
With the summer, the days get longer, and we fill them with swimming, vacations and time together. As the summer comes to an end and school starts back up, the light starts to disappear and the days get shorter. Then right as it feels like all the light disappears and the days will come to an end, the calendar begins again.
Time is marked in the circle of a calendar because beginnings begin to look like endings, and endings like beginnings.
OFTEN WE POUR SO MUCH OF OURSELVES INTO A PROJECT THAT THE ENDING MAY FEEL LIKE A DEATH.
When what we have worked so hard for has run its purpose stepping away hurts. But right at that moment when it feels as though time itself will end, the ending transforms to a beginning.
Today I am struggling with transition. I’m watching friends’ military careers come to an end, and we live in a state of flux wondering where ours is headed. I’m looking into possibilities: an MFA program, ordination, or perhaps another direction. But I am stuck waiting for an ending before I can fully move forward.
I don’t know what you are holding on to or what you are letting go of, but I wonder if your hesitancy is keeping something new and exciting from emerging? Perhaps you must embrace the ending of one calling to fully embrace the adventure of a new beginning.
What would letting go look like in your life? What new adventure would it lead you into? Be sure to share in the comments.
This piece was first published at MiddlePlaces.com