“There Is Mystery”


[Post-It on the E Train, 2016]

Sunday was “extended worship”at my Quaker meeting, a two-hour-rather-than-one meeting for worship which began an hour early. (We do this from time to time.) Only a handful sat in silence for that first hour. I was one of them.

Here’s The Thing: Somehow the presence of a scattering of people in a commodious meetinghouse* for that first/extra hour altered that space in some profound and mysterious way so that when the bulk of worshippers arrived at their usual 10:30 arrival time, they stepped into a room “”that felt different.” (Someone told me this later.) And worship felt deeper, more grounded, too. Why?

Part of me wants to dissect this phenomenon, to explain it—so that it can be replicated! But a larger part of me wants to give over, to let go of my need to put words to this mystery. And to simply and to gratefully celebrate That Which Is Beyond Words.


* Factoring in its balcony, the Friends Meeting at Cambridge meetinghouse can easily seat one-hundred fifty people; two-hundred scrunched together.

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  1. Dear Patricia,

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    Sister, I have such greatly immense joy and blessings reading your very sagacious blog post articles and other stupendous writings and responding very joyously in such a heartfelt manner with my very heartfelt, detailed, and thorough thoughts, ideas, and comments!!!! I feel even better, brighter, and more cheerful after reading all of your very full of such grace writings and responding with such sheer joy with my comments, Patricia!!!!!! Yay!!!!! Yay for YOU, Patricia!!!!!! Yay for all of your very magnificent writings, Patricia!!!!! Yay!!!!! Yay for our sisterhood and friendship, Patricia!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! Yay yay yay yay!!!!!! Please have such a totally terrific and very thrilling Tuesday evening, a wondrously wonderful rest of your week and weekend ahead, and may all of your days be so, so very especially blessed, Patricia!!!!! Our Divine Spirit so, so very much loves and cherishes YOU, Patricia, and so do I!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my so, so very For Always very special and precious soul sisterfriend Christian Quaker white woman who you’re For Always so, so very much, Patricia, with Such Very Peace and Love To You For Always, my sister, and with Such Very Blessings and Such Very More Blessings To You For Always, my so, so very dearest friend,

    Yours For Always soul sisterfriend Christian black woman and For Always in the very spirit and solidarity, Sherry Gordon in Iowa City, Iowa

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