“Liminally Restless”


Two ‘movements’ to this blog … as my pandemic season composing continues unabated.  I could lightheartedly suggest this is only because the NRL footy season is yet to resume, but I sense this would be a way too frivolous excuse.

So, my first piece: LIMINAL.

Some years back, on a ministry retreat, I first heard the words liminal space. Back then, I “got it” … but not really.   I’m a slow learner some times, perhaps more than I really acknowledge.  Perhaps I’m just stubborn.  Anyway, as I was preparing the second episode in my church’s new Midweek Musing for last Tuesday – reflecting what a “reset” for both the world and us personally might look like, and continuing to be touched by Sonya Renee Taylor’s words … which with Dale I adapted into a recent song: Stitch a New Garment … it finally clicked what liminal space was and is.

I wrote this …

Liminal space?

The word liminal comes from the Latin word ‘limen’, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, and not knowing. One writer explains liminal space like this: “Liminal space is where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it form us.

Or , in the words of Richard Rohr, “The threshold is God’s waiting room.” I like that. Right now, you, I, our community, our nation, this planet … we are in Gods waiting room.

Now that I’d “got it” (well … have I really … and I suspect, it’s more a case of accepting it and as Rohr says, waiting in it), I wrote another piano piece: LIMINAL.  Here it is.

Here’s an expanded version of what I posted on Facebook.  You may have already seen this 🙂

A few up-and-down days for both of us. It’s been such a week, including

  • one of Joel’s cats (9 yr old Gizmo … to a new home)
  • farewelling Joel and his partner Upasana to Emerald (central Queensland, Australia),
  • sharing nice meals – go Tarragindi Thai
  • an uplifting weekly meeting with colleagues – first time in-person since mid-March
  • all sorts of car stuff. You name it, we’ve done it, organised it, sorted it, paid for it!
  • fulfilling or continuing some ministry projects (yes!)
  • reading my pure escapist Dan Brown novel
  • having sleepless nights … and much more (much more includes coffee from our new L’or machine … so good!.

The “bad” (so to speak) in this has meant “stress central”.
Guessing most of us have these sort of weeks, at least occasionally.
So, as I said, it’s been really up and down. Good days are great days.  Not-so-good days are really not good at all.

No surprise that this new piece on my pandemic journey composing/journalling journey is called RESTLESS.

I ask myself: should one be restless in this liminal space?  Don’t have an answer to that question. Just know that as I blog this a few days on from writing the piece, I’ve ended up with four revisions of the original.  Self-fulfilling prophecy, or whatever the word is!

BTW, I enjoyed putting most of it together on Garage Band. The version for iPad is brilliant.

My Musing this Tuesday will be on the theme: What sustains you in your faith? That will be interesting!


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