Do not be conformed to this age but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Charlotte was a woman who appeared to be middle-aged, the color of café-au-lait. She wore a straight-haired wig that fell in curls around her shoulders. Charlotte must have weighed at least 400 pounds. As a result it was quite evident that moving from one place in the sanctuary to another was a strenuous physical struggle, requiring great effort and determination. And Charlotte was faithful to her ministry of music, extremely gifted at her task, and very clear about what was hers to do at the church where she was one of the musicians. What was hers to do was be a witness to the power of God to bring about a change in every one of us whenever we were ready for it. Her rendition of Walter and Tramaine Hawkins song “Changed,” was proof. Every time, EVERY time she sang that song, I and everyone under the sound of her voice, were transported into the realms of heaven where her change had occurred.
A change, a change, has come over me
He changed my life and now I’m free
He washed my sins, and he made me whole…….
EVERY time Charlotte sang that song we were changed too!!! It was obvious that somewhere in her day-to-day world that sister was in communion with God.
Oh, how the inner process of being changed by Jesus, impacts our own lives and that of those around us. We know God loves us exactly as we are – always! And we are also aware of the longing in our souls for that communion with God that only God can satisfy. So we pursue that relationship and communion, sometimes with fervor, sometimes with resistance, sometimes because we can’t figure out just what else to do. We may not see any difference in the physical realm at first, and sometimes not at all. But when we are ready, like the butterfly emerging from its cocoon, we are transformed, and our lives are forever healed. The one who began the good work in us brings it to completion.
I have found that this kind of transformation has definitely been a process and not an event. One which cycles around again and again like a spiral – at a deeper level every time the cycle is repeated.We all have a different way of singing our song. And we all have a different song to sing. My experience has convinced me that one of the most important things we can do is to stop and spend time with the One who gives us our song.
I have discovered what John Wesley said to be true. The more I have to do, the more I need to pray. The more challenges I have to deal with the more I need stillness breaks to reconnect with Christ. The crazier things seem to be ‘out there’ the more I need to re-center within.
Then I can re-enter the life before me with a deeper trust in what God is doing – especially when I don’t understand it. A simple, subtle quiet, change comes over me.
Sacred Sisters are on a quest. Our pursuit is for transformation and wholeness. Not just for ourselves, but for our communities and the world. Our vision is to be Healed Healers. Not that we have forgotten the lessons of the past nor any scars they may have left. But we believe we can be healed, recovered, transformed, made whole – CHANGED. And the witness we embody in our own transformation ushers others to their own place of healing.