Saturday, June 19

Theology of Abundance and Enough

There was this
fancy pants waiter
who would pour
by holding and
moving the pitcher
up and down in a
fascinating and
enchanting process.

She had mad skills.

Nobody ever got
drenched with the
water unless they
did something

Lenten Reflection

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. "Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you."

-Luke 6:36-38


It is wonderful to think of the idea of grace overflowing.  Drenching us with her love.  It is like the fountain here at the Pacific Science Center that children love to play in that reaches out and drenches all who wander near.  It's great!  On a warm day.

Not so great on a cold day.  There is definitely another side to this overflowing imagery.  When is enough?  When is too much?  Maybe there is a caution contained within the wisdom that in our quest for living a righteous life of radical hospitality, love, and forgiveness, we shouldn't be door mats.  The measure which you measure will be given to you.  There is a balance in justice between you and me or you and God or me and other.  The McDonald's coffee cup lady comes to mind.  She was burned with scalding hot coffee.  If this is being poured into our laps, how do we contain it?  How can we live through it not harmed?  Does God want us to be harmed?  (No.)  So perhaps, we should continue to carry a big container and work in a co-creation to be able to say "whoa."  The container can help us to live a healthy life.  There is a theology of enough.

Or maybe we are occasionally called to "do something stupid" and become drenched with the stuff.  Perhaps, it is a both/and.  Discern when it is appropriate to be drenched while continuously working out your spiritual muscles to be able to carry a bigger, fuller container.  There is a theology of abundance.  Perhaps what we really need is a theology of abundance AND enough!  Oh, that just made my head hurt.  It is so much easier to have one or the other.  Someday, (I am just waiting with baited breath), I want the easy answer to be the correct answer.  Well, today is not the day. 

Thanks be to God!

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