So here we are at the end of our foray around the landscape of your youth ministry. We have followed the fence line, walking the entire perimeter, noting where the fence is the most sturdy as well as the places that are the most vulnerable to the vagaries of the winters. Places there are where hunters are likely to pass through, disrupting the balance of stone upon stone; your fence will need regular tending to here.
There is much to love within this land, fenced about as it is. The passing of the seasons, with the potent forces of frost upon the fence, is a humbling thing. Yet there is the beauty of the spring sunlight dancing in the trees within the fence. Then, too, there are the rabbits gamboling around, pursued by the hounds—a veritable cacophony of noise and dissipation of energies….
We have asked to know what we were walling in or walling out, as we have gone along, and to whom we are like to give offence, both with the tending of the wall, and with the wall itself, noting that something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down. There are so many that fall into one of these two categories. They are not “Elves” we have said. Nay, they are members, parents, kids, fellow staff… even us they are that doesn’t love a wall.
Yet the wall exists and needs to remain in good working order for harmony to exist neighbor to neighbor. We have for many days met and walked the line and set the wall between us once again. It is clear how important it is that we keep the wall between us as we go, because to each the boulders that have fallen to each.
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