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“Liminally Restless”

Hi.

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.


FAST FORWARD JUST A FEW DAYS …
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!

Shalom,
David

new song for Advent – “In This Time of Waiting”

Hi.

No sooner back from two lovely weeks on our own and with great friends Jan & Glenn in Cairns, I’ve headed promptly into forward planning for November and December’s worship at my church.  That of course, includes the season of Advent – a time of waiting, watching, expecting, hoping and preparing … in readiness for celebrating Christ’s coming.  A special time.  For some years I’ve used the Cameroon song He Came Down That We May Have Love.

“Will I use that again this year?” I thought. No – inspiration came for something more reflective, while still making use of the four traditional advent theme of hope, peace, joy and love … a new verse sung each Sunday of Advent.

So … In This Time of Waiting  is written and ready for use.  See what you think!

Blessings,
David

score   mp3 backing

In this time of waiting

In this time of waiting
We will sing of hope
Hope in Jesus
who alone makes whole
In our expectation
We will sing of hope
Hearts of longing
We will sing of hope

In this time of waiting
We will sing of peace
Peace in Jesus:
Saviour, Prince of Peace
In our expectation
We will sing of peace
Hearts of longing
We will sing of peace

In this time of waiting
We will sing with joy
Joy in Jesus
Darkness won’t destroy
In our expectation
We bring sing with joy
Hearts of longing
We will sing with joy.

In this time of waiting
We bring hearts of love
Peace and hope and joy
Bound up in love
In our expectation
We bring hearts of love
Hearts of longing
We bring hearts of love

         David MacGregor
          © 2019 Willow Publishing


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