RevGals Friday Five: Rivers in the Desert

From the RevGals blog site Songbird says: I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19, NRSV.

As we near the end of the long journey toward Easter, a busy time for pastors and layfolk alike, I ponder the words of Isaiah and the relief and refreshment of a river in the desert.For this Friday Five, name five practices, activities, people or _____ (feel free to fill in something I may be forgetting) that for you are rivers in the desert.

1. My Husband. Without his love and support I would not be who I am today. He has been one constant source of love in my life which has allowed me to heal deeply. Now, that doesn’t mean all has been perfect. But it is still true. I think I have been the same for him.

2. Meditating. As a general rule I meditate every day for 30 minutes. Lately I have fallen out of practice, which indicates the restlessness of my inner being and tells me I really need to find my way back into this practice. Meditating helps me navigate the storms of life with a good eye for the turbulence.

3. My children. I’ve always enjoyed the company of my daughter. She is an extrovert and talks a lot but she also shares her life with me (mostly). I enjoy going out to lunch with her and window shopping. (It’s always better we don’t need to buy something since she is tiny and hard to fit). And my son, he is an introvert, so talking to him is my challenge, but I’m up for it…he is really blossoming right now and it’s fun to watch this little boy grow up. (And yes, they are also a source of strain and challenge as I hope and pray they make good choices as they wander off into the world without Mom to hold their hand and keep them safe).

4. Walking my dogs. It is just a joy. Especially when the weather is dry and we can go to dog park. These days, no dog park, its a swamp and way too muddy. But soon we can go again. So, for now it’s just a 30 minute walk around the block…but still good. It’s Spring here in the Midwest, or as much of Spring as we ever get.

5. Preaching in Lent. I have had a really good time pondering and preaching this Lent. It’s been rich, and as always gives me lots to ponder about God, life, and faith.

6. I’m adding one more: clergy support groups. I have several: a group of women colleagues from seminary, we meet once a month for lunch, to share our lives and ministry challenges. A laywoman who I also meet with once a month for lunch and we too share our lives and ministries. She is a good listener and points me in some interesting directions to ponder. I’m also seeing a Jungian Analyst who is also an Episcopal priest…this person gives me lots to ponder and really helps me understand the deep spiritual dynamics of my life. And last but not least, the RevGals blog – a place of wonderful community as I live a Jobian time in life, I appreciate all of you. (Plus my own blog is fun, albeit often just a place to safely complain…but that’s good too).


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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12 Responses to RevGals Friday Five: Rivers in the Desert

  1. Songbird says:

    We’re in the same muddy pickle where the dog park is concerned: mud *and* snow, slowly melting into more mud. But spring will come, I feel sure of it.

  2. DogBlogger says:

    What a great list!

  3. jill says:

    reading your post was a river for me! thanks!

  4. Sally says:

    excellent list, I too love preaching in Lent, and in Advent- these seasons of quiet preparation are transformative if we enter deeply into them, thanks for the reminder!

  5. Deb says:

    Ah, a nice river of love and renewal.:)d

  6. Hedwyg says:

    Ooh! A lovely river – good play!

  7. Mother Laura says:

    Your beautiful butterfly was a river for me today. They always speak to my spirit as very special reminders of Rachel, my firstborn, and also all the transformation and rebirth in my own life (that has happened or for which I am still longing). My favorite white(cream) stole is covered with them, and you can see it at the picture on my blog, from an Easter Sunday wedding on the Columbia River. And right now I am looking at my butterfly wall grouping: a large picture of a lavender iris with a monarch butterfly, stained glass butterflies in lavender and blue made by my gifted mother-in-law, and a flower-framed greeting card with butterflies and pink dogwood (the tree under which my darling rests) and the words from Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for your woe, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Seeing your picture and writing this helped me take in those words more deeply, a tremendous gift at this challenging time. Many thanks.

  8. revabi says:

    I loved your butterfly picture, and your thoughts. Beautiful, Relaxing. Hope you get your 30 minutes back.

  9. wonderful play!i am inpsired by your clergy support. so often i hear that once folks are out of seminary that the support becomes lacking but you have made certain that didn’t happen.i love the idea of seeing a jungian analyst and priest in one!thank you for sharing your blessings with us!

  10. Kievas says:

    Dog parks are the greatest!

  11. Singing Owl says:

    Good list, and lovely picture too!

  12. Hmm… love the doggie photo! Anyone who loves dogs has to have a good soul… canines would not tolerate anything but!

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