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.

Elizabeth Browning

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thoughts on Good Friday

The crucifixion seems like an odd way
For god to save the world.
I can think of many other ways God could have done it…
So why this way?
Why the cross?
The cross that is such a ridiculous plan that Paul called it a scandal

It may be odd, but when I think of the cross I think of an AA meeting.  If you’ve ever been to one you know that it is like.  An AA meeting is a room full of people who are done pretending.  There are no facades, there is not acting.  And it is overwhelmingly powerful.  Everybody in that room is in recovery and they all know each other’s games.  You are there because you have hit bottom, at least most of the time, and you need others who know how it feels.

Ann Lamott says that the most powerful sermon in the world is two words:  me too

The cross, in a way is God saying, me too.
I am with you, all the way
Not partially
Not is an abridged manner
I am with you all the way
All the way through pain, rejection, loneliness,
Sin, alienation, ridicule, and yes, death

Me too
When you are struggling
When you are hurting
Wounded, imping, doubting
Questioning , barely hanging on
Moments away from another failure

God says, me too
And we know, because of the crucifixion
That those words are true.

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