Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 13, 2003
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 13, 2003
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
and a poem and meditation based on it written this week
by Kate Eysaman.
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Please read Luke 5: 1-11
She found me tired
And read my journal in my eyes.
Picking up my lesson plan, said
'How'd it go?'
My eyes filled, and she looked over
The plan and the twenty empty seats.
Resting chin on hand, she smiled
'They like to laugh you know.'
(Yes, how well I knew.)
She held my shoulder, whispered,
'Tomorrow it will go better.'
She had surely forgotten the sweaty agony
Of facing 20 demons once again.
The next day, cartoons and stories
Cleared a path. Grammar in disguise.
Laughing, the demons filed out,
Except one straggler, who stopped shyly for chat.
Then, alone again, she found me, whispered,
'How's it feel to finally get your balance?'
Her invisible magic
Held me while I chatted shyly, loving, being loved.
Give me the same appetite for learning that I seem
to have for 'teaching.' Please give me enough humor
to make the teaching painless, enough love to make
the learning stick, and the faith to keep on trying.
[We are very sad to report that Joseph W. Houle died
early Tuesday morning, March 25, 2003, at his home
in Washington, DC surrounded by his family. Joe had
a short battle with gall bladder cancer having chosen
not to undergo chemotherapy, but to let the disease,
already well advanced, to take its course.
[Joe pastored MCC Pittsburgh in the late 1970's and
early 1980's. He went on to get an advanced degree
at Duquesne University and some years later, another
degree in counseling. He had served as the Director
of Emmaus House of Prayer, a special work of the Mid-
Atlantic District and as a part of that work edited
the devotional, 'The Road to Emmaus,' the source of
these Chi Rho Reflections. More recently he had a
counseling practice in Washington, DC through Brookland
Pastoral Center. His gentle spirit touched many lives.
A memorial service will be held at MCC Washington, DC
on Saturday, April 26th, 2003 at Noon. Memorial gifts
may be sent to Transfiguration House of Prayer, 295
W. Jefferson Rd, Butler PA 16001. Joe's ministry
continues to touch lives, through this excellent book
of daily devotions and through our weekly Reflections.
Please join the board and staff of Chi Rho Press, and
all of Joe Houle's family and friends, his clients and
the people whose lives his ministry has touched, in our
sadness and grief over Joe's passing. May Joe Houle
rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him.]
Grace and peace,
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