Christianity, Discernment, Spirituality
sister hatred glaring at ha-satan. a single assassin screaming: take the cotton out of your hearts. Lenten Reflection: If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 Thoughts: These words from Jesus are frightening.  Reconcile before offering gifts to God.  I have so many things I want to give to God!  How can I possibly reconcile with the world first?  My brother is more than the physical person, Tim, on the east coast.  My brother is you, is Pat Robertson, is Jim Wallis, is children in Uganda, is the elderly man in Iran, is the mountains, the trees, the blades of grass.  Dear God, this job is too big. 

God of the Compost

Christianity, Discernment, Spirituality
discarding (leaves, apple core, coffee grounds) sitting (fermenting, turning, changing) needing (love, care, attention) leaving (soil, richness, life) but it sure was unpleasant stinky for a while. Inspired by Beth Patterson's poem on god at the Virtual Tea House.  Thoughts:   The God of the compost is interested in a messy cocreation with us.  God can’t do it alone.  Whether we are the composter or the composted, one acts on the other.  Are the composter and God is the raw material?  Or are we the composted and God is turning us?  Maybe it is another case of that post-modern both/and.  We are both acting upon and being acted on.  No fair.   If we subscribe to the need for control, it is much easier to be one or the other.  Either mercilessly in control or mercilessly out of control. 

Love the Goat

Christianity, Discernment, Spirituality, Uncategorized
Let’s Make a Deal on stage i appear in my clown costume or suit having been chosen by ”Here I am Lord” the host.       now i must choose. door one, two, or three.       Please. I just don’t want the goat. ... Jesus said to his disciples: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish? Matthew 7:7-10 All the wonderful songs keep echoing in my head when prompted by some of these readings.  Today… “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and God’s righteousness. And all these things shall be given unto you…Alleluia.