Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
God invites us to the table to eat Jesus, invites us to bite down on grace, invites us to swallow grace and feel it sliding down our esophagus.
Monday, April 25, 2011
It may be new for us to think about how our eating implicates us in patterns of injustice. We must eat to live—how can it be wrong?
Our insatiable desire for food that is cheap and convenient is tearing holes in God’s Creation. English poet, John Drinkwater, wrote that “when you defile the pleasant streams and the wild bird’s abiding place, you massacre a million dreams and cast your spittle in God’s face.”
Think of the last time you read the Creation story in Genesis. Did it blow your mind and leave you panting for a glimpse of this world? Did you yearn to put your hands in the dirt and feel what God put there? Did you find yourself wanting to lie down in a garden so you could smell God?
God, we find ourselves unimpressed with the way you describe the furnishings of your world: vegetation, birds, wild animals—God show us the platypus! Show us the redwoods and the panther and the Pacific Ocean. Show us the gladiolus; lift it to our noses. The hawk, God, show us the hawk; we will study it and praise you. The colors must have been vibrant, and the textures! How did the world feel leaving your fingertips? What tasks did you delegate to Jesus? Did the Spirit scatter seeds and feed the animals? Tell us, God, impress us! Show us the hawk.
There is something wrong with our imagination.
There is something wrong with our imagination. God is not picking out the world from a catalogue—trees are not products; chickens are not products; nitrogen is not a product. Rather, God imagined the earth, and it was so, and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, every day.
God says: “Go outside, and within you I will cultivate astonishment. I only ask that you learn to see.”
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Seminary student #1: “hey! what is a good bible verse about grace that i can memorize like a mantra? (not john 3:16)”
Seminary student #2: mmmm, that's a question for [seminarian who likes grace a lot]
Seminary student #1: haha. duly noted.
Seminary student #1: hahahaha.
man, i am just in an accept-everything-state-of-mind.
how can i not think of any verses with grace!
ok, i'm doing a computer search
ok, there are like a million hits
my grace is sufficient for you!
how could i have forgotten that one?