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Lenten Devotional: Thursday, March 1
"Already and Not Yet" - Andover Newton's Lenten Devotional Series

"Already and Not Yet" is the 2018 Lenten Daily Devotional written by members of the Andover Newton community, which is also being shared at Facebook and on Twitter. Future posts here will include links to all the previous entries for easy browsing to any you might have missed or might want to revisit.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
“Let Me Fall" – Tom O'Brien

Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” is filled with thrilling feats of dancing and danger. One of my favorite moments occurs as an acrobat performs an aerial contortion in silk high above the crowd. A soloist sets the atmosphere with a song called “Let Me Fall.” The lyrics describe the fear and frustrations of growing and changing while accepting that we sometimes need to risk falling.

“Someone I am is waiting for courage/The one I want, the one I will become will catch me…”

A few years ago, I realized that it takes a village to provide a pastor with self-care so I put a team together: a Clergy Coach, a Spiritual Director, and a Pastoral Counselor. I like attending therapy and counseling (others may not hold that opinion; fewer still would confess it). This team I’ve assembled gives me ample opportunity to attend counseling and it helps me attempt to figure out who I already am and who I have not yet become.

This work is reflected in the Lenten call to transformation. The season reminds us that change can be difficult. It can be frightening to explore our past, understand our motivations, and escape the cycles and systems in which we are caught. We’re tempted to hide in the perceived safety of the status quo. How might we change if we can gather up the courage to take the leap? How might our world change?

“There's no reason to miss this one chance/This perfect moment/Just let me fall."

Tom O’Brien (MDiv ‘09) is pastor of Memorial Congregational Church (UCC) in Sudbury, MA.

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