I am a wanderer. I would say that I am a seeker, but sometimes I have no idea what I might be seeking, so I will stick with wanderer. This blog is more a public journal than anything. I don't claim to have life figured out. I simply stumble from mystery to mystery, and share my reflections along the way. Sometimes I feel burdened, and trudge. Sometimes? Well sometimes grace breaks through, and its time to dance.
Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!
Arthur Darby Nock
Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
words.Over the years people have said
everything from the ridiculous to the sublime.Let me share with you the last words of some famous folk.
in what peace a Christian can die ~~ Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719
comes the mystery ~~ Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist, d. March 8, 1887
should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis ~~ Humphrey Bogart, actor,
d. January 14, 1957
it . . . Don't you dare ask God to help me (To her housekeeper, who had
begun to pray aloud)
~~ Joan Crawford, actress, d. May 10, 1977
have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it
~~ Leonardo da Vinci, artist, d. 1519
WORDS are very important.When a person
knows he or she is going to die, and has an opportunity to talk to those people
who are dearest to one’s heart, one speaks from the heart, and talks about
those things that are most critical.
about it for a moment.If you had one
last chance to talk to the people you love, what would you say to them?
the upper room Jesus knew that beyond the door of that room lay Gethsemane, and
the arrest, persecution, and the cross.He knew this was his last opportunity to tell these people, who were the
very people who would need to carry on his ministry, the most important things
he had left to share.
he started this time by washing his
is the point of this lesson, this crazy radical act, where the Messiah, the
King of Creation
with us… washed the dust of the road off of the feet of his followers?
about role reversal!
the King, took the role of a servant!
was the point?
point was that the disciples had a need – a need for cleansing.
know, we all need to be cleansed
us take a moment to think about the ways in which we need to be cleansed
in our lives isn’t “right” ?
This is where the gospel is challenging.
We don't like to think we need to be cleansed. We are a bit like Peter who insisted, "you will never wash my feet"
But Christ made it clear to Peter that he needed to received God's love, God's forgiveness, God's grace.
And Peter finally got it, and typical Peter stated... "Then then wash all of me. I want it all !!"
Washing is receiving. God's cleansing power. God's acceptance
Washing is about grace
It is not by accident, it is the first point Jesus wanted to make in his farewell discourse.
So there are really two questions. In what ways do we need to be cleansed? And what is keeping us from accepting our acceptance, and letting the Christ cleanse us?