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Once again Vivid has written a poem (yours is the day) that arises out of Psalm 74. Read it and be blessed. I especially like the way she expresses that for God the day is always new and that he always has time – for us.
Our study group is going to be discussing Chapter 4 of The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancy. I reread it tonight in preparation for tomorrow. The whole outlook on the temptation of Christ in this chapter was enlightening to me. I see myself so much in this quote from this book:
“My faith suffers from too much freedom, too many temptations to disbelieve. at times I want God to overwhelm me, to overcome my doubts with certainty, to give final proofs of his existence and his concern…
I want God to take a more active role in my personal history too. I want quick and spectacular answers to my prayers, healing for my diseases, protection and safety for my loved ones. I want a God without ambiguity, One to whom I can point for the sake of my doubting friends.”
So Jesus refused the temptation to coerce, to manipulate and force obedience instead sticking to his original plan of creating a people who would choose to follow him out of love.
Lord, forgive my wanting to tempt you to do exactly what I want you to do. Teach me to love you and so return to you the worship you want from me.
Let us Pray.
An Other who art in nothing
Narrative is thy (language) game
Thy societal construct is
No more or less real than any other
Give us this moment our perceptions
And deconstruct our stories
As we deconstruct those who out-narrate us
Lead us not into metanarrative
But deliver us from (un) reality
For thine is the societal construct
From interlude to interlude
If your reply to questions about how you are doing has been “busy” read this and slow down a bit.
The book Sold Into Eygpt by Madeleine L’Engle is turning out to be full of gems of truth and wisdom. She traces Joseph’s journey into “human being” as she traces her own steps through grief following the death of her husband.
I found this passage to be especially meaningful – from Chpt 6, Naphtali:
“What must Joseph have thought about as he lay
in prison? There were as yet no Psalms to
comfort him, no written scripture to give
him guidance and hope. Again he was
plunged into the darkness of betrayal,
alone with his thoughts, in a strange land
among strange people…
Slander from the mouth of a selfish and greedy
woman is more understandable than slander
from those who loudly proclaim themselves as
Christians. Potiphar’s wife slandered because
she didn’t get her own way. “Christains” often
appear to slander for love of slander…
I have received a good bit of this treatment.
When A Wrinkle In Time was yet again
attacked during Hugh’s last summer, at a time
when he was at home between hospital stays,
he said, “They are afraid” and I suspect that
he was right…”
She goes on to explain that the attack had come as she realized that the work of writing was her “vocation” – God’s gift to her.
She goes on to say:
“Hugh again pointed out that the
attackers are afraid, afraid that their safe
little God-in-a-box may not be safe at all
– loving, perfectly loving, but not safe in
a finite sense. Or afraid that their cozy
and exclusive beliefs may possibly be too
narrow. But when we truly have faith in
God’s love, then the wideness of God’s
mercy does not terrify.”
I have just finished reading two books -Phillip Yancy’s The Jesus I Never Knew and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace. Quite different books but both good reads.
A couple of friends and I are going to read and study The Jesus I Never Knew together. I’m glad I’ve already had a chance to read it through once since it is full of lots of stuff that I can stand to read over more than once. Sometimes it seems that I need more than one reading for things to sink in. Discussing it with friends is bound to help too.
So I guess it will still be one of the books I am reading.
I am also going to start another book by Madelaine L’Engle Sold into Egypt Joseph’s Journey into Human Being. I enjoy M. L’Engle’s works so am expecting that it will be good too although it is less of a novel than her time trilogy’s.