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, October 11, 2019

drip drip

Going to change the wording a bit from Barbara Brown Taylor’s original
The import is the same, I just changed some adjectives and the tense.
This feels very real right now!!!

[We] want a title wave of a Messiah – someone who would be impossible to miss, who would make a clean sweep of things, who would witness to the omnipotent righteousness of God.  What [we] get instead is a steady drop of mercy from a man named Jesus….  Sometimes [we] would give anything for one fireball from heaven, for one blast of raw power from a tidal wave God who would sweep [our] doubts away forever.  But this is not what [we] have.  What [we] have is a steady drop of mercy from the followers of a man named Jesus who is still playing doctor to a lot of marginal people in this world.”
                                                              Barbara Brown Taylor, Heaven, pp. 12,13

The world today
Hurts me
Scares me
Angers me

What I see seems so evil, so dark
So cruel, so hateful

And frankly I want God to set it all straight
Like right  now


I want that tidal wave
That blast of raw power

But that is not how God works
At all
At all

Jesus is proof positive

The one who walked in the dust
And ate with sinners
And accepted the riff raff
And healed the marginal

Jesus who was God’s grace

Instead I get as steady drip of mercy
Instead I get divine patience
And forgiveness
And faltering fresh starts
And relapses
And more fresh starts
And love

And I touched by that steady drip of mercy

And I am called to be a part of that steady drip

As I listen
As I hurt for others
As I notice the pain
As I seek to respond

As I forgive
And offer fresh starts
And love
And love
And love some more

I think the world needs a raw blast of power
Instead God offers me
And you


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