Our weekly Community Night is an important time set aside for our Faith Community members to recharge their batteries with one another. Once a month, Community Night takes a particularly spirtual focus, when we are joined by our Site Resource Person. Our SRPs are an important source of emotional and pastoral support, helping us grow in our spiritual lives throughout year. The following is a reflection from Meredith Pacenta of the New York Faith Community, who shares with us a small reflection from a powerful moment of prayer she experienced during Site Resource Night.
It is always a moment of pure simplicity amongst my community sisters and April Boone... Where a prayer can illicit such a moving grace of the Holy Spirit in the room where we sit. A sense of calm, a sense of togetherness, a warming love. April allows us to let the day fall away no matter what may have occurred and return to Him… To then fixate on the heart we have for our God, for each other, for ourselves.
On this particular night, we reflected on the seasons. Especially now, through a vibrant autumn, our awareness of God’s mastery through the backdrops of seasons can be a holy encounter. In my hands, a leaf was given to each of us, with the words “Even the leaves fall for you.” Through the trees out my window, reaching through the avenues of Manhattan, they illuminate in color, before they fall, quieting the earth into winter. This beauty God cultivates, in honor of the world he created, and these same leaves drift downward for every human being walking below the branches. Sidewalks golden in auburn, green, maroon, decorate the earth with each unique shape, as God’s precious children journey through the days of fall.
A girl I know walks these streets, and is enamored by these leaves. Brushing a hair away, she picks them up, brings them into her bedroom and preserves them. She takes just a single piece of God’s creation in hope that beauty can be preserved as long as possible - a delicate memento of His greatness. A leaf. Crystal spoke, “I see this leaf and its edges… So many completely different but grown just so, it’s just like myself - one among His family, created perfect in His grace.”