by Open Eyes
We recently sang a hymn:
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice that is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood.
We sang it daily using the 20th century tune, and it has lodged in my spirit. Living on the edge of the sea, I am touched by the hymn writer’s reference to the sea in expressing the nature of God. Another hymn, God is Working His Purpose Out, ends with the phrase “the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” Ah, the sea. This photo views Rock Harbor and Cape Cod Bay from the top of our bell tower–showing the large glacial rock for which the harbor is named. Our church floor mosaic uses this rock to express our monastic vow of stability to live here with my other vowed brothers and sisters in Christ for the rest of my days.
by Sr Nunother
I have a confession to make. I sweat the small stuff. We recently had a short lull at Bethany Guest House, and I was looking forward to an evening of computer catch-up. It was going to be wonderful. Just the computer and me – clean out e-mails, delete antiquated word perfect documents, and do some internet research on a study project. Then along came a fly with a plan of its own. It buzzed into my quiet zone as if annoyed at me for being there. I shooed it away and went back to work . Undaunted, the fly approached from a different direction and landed near the computer screen. I picked up a spiral-ringed note book – swing and a miss! As my frustration increased, so did my choice of weapons and none were effective. (Now I know why she swallowed that fly… it was the only way to get rid of it.) After an hour of this, I was angry at the fly, the person who left the screen door open and in my new irrationality, God , who could have prevented the entire incident. I turned off the computer and walked out onto Bethany patio. Rock Harbor was alive with fishing boats and summer vacationers, as the sun set over Cape Cod Bay in spectacular fashion. My agenda and I shrunk in significance, message gratefully received. The fly? It continued on without me, last seen perched victoriously on the computer screen.
The Community of Jesus is located at Rock Harbor on Cape Cod Bay. Rock Harbor is a tidal harbor, which means that fishing boats can leave or enter the harbor only within a few hours of high tide. Fishing trips can last for four hours (during high tide) or eight hours (between high tides). While we were leaving on a four-hour trip, another boat was returning from an eight-hour trip. I go fishing only once or twice a year, so I especially appreciated this water view of the Church of the Transfiguration and the Bell Tower with the angel on top. Being on the sea was a refreshing expansion of my day-to-day land-bound existence.