The Sea Around Us

I cannot quite pinpoint what is happening. Having been one of the first to receive Eucharist this morning, I move to the back of the gathering near the ambo.  While singing the communion responses, I watch others walking east toward the sanctuary steps to partake. And from behind the altar, there are people processing west toward the altar to receive the bread of life and the cup of salvation.  What strikes me is the simplicity of this Eucharistic ‘journey’. It is beautiful.  I am mesmerized.  What I see calms me. There is give and take; there is back and forth; there is bowed head and lifted hands. The sight reminds me of something. What, what, what?  The ocean………

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About Chaptergrams

Originally from Frederick, Maryland, I was born in 1946 - a classic Baby Boomer. I have been married and widowed twice, have three daughters, and two grandsons. Jesus Christ became a reality in my life through a televised Billy Graham crusade in 1974. Because both of my husbands were in the military, I had the good fortune to live in many states and overseas. I sensed a call to the Community of Jesus in 1975 but didn’t move here until 1989. Two of my daughters are vowed members of CJ and one daughter is married and living in Maryland. I am also fortunate to have two grandsons who live here as well. After working at Paraclete Press for almost 17 years, I am now the Steward of the Chapter House and also work for Spirit of America. The Chapter House is a busy place as it houses rehearsal and practice rooms, the music library, and the Chapter Room. I also serve as a Docent and an Oblate Director. Soon I will be a mentor to one of our youth in our new Christian Ed program. I enjoy growing herbs, trying different foods on the grill, bright colors, reading, cold weather, the wind, hummingbirds, chant and Yo-Yo Ma.

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