Graceful Falling

In the autumn, as the leaves turn brilliant colors and then drift to the ground, we often feel both the richness and the fleetingness of life. How do we give thanks in the midst of impermanence? We’ll contemplate this question on Sunday with the help of a Zen teaching story: a man walking in the woods sees a tiger following him. He runs but the tiger is gaining on him fast. The man comes to the edge of a cliff and must either jump or face the tiger. He jumps. A fragile branch catches his fall. Below, another tiger is pacing, waiting to devour him. As the branch begins to crack, just within reach he sees a wild strawberry growing from the cliff, red and ripe. He plucks it and eats it. So delicious!

25 Nov 2018
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker