Into the Unknown

Sunday, May 29, 2016

“Into the Unknown”

Rev. Julia Hamilton

One of the things that I love about religious life is the celebration of milestones, markers in the cycle of being. Births, deaths, marriages, separations, the transitions between childhood and adulthood. Today is just such a celebration, just such a marker, in our lives. You may not realize it, but we adults often mark the passage of time by the way we watch you grow, here in our community. Children running under foot at potlucks, youth standing in the pulpit at Coming of Age, and now, here you are at the end of high school, moving quickly into the unknown territory beyond your teenage years, into…

What, exactly?

In one of his sonnets, the Unitarian poet e.e. cummings wrote a few phrases that I think are a kind of road map toward adulthood:

the trick of finding what you didn’t lose
(existing’s tricky : but to live’s a gift)
the teachable imposture of always
arriving at the place you never left
In some ways, I think adulthood is about the trick of finding what you didn’t lose.

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