I do know it’s not Thursday … I’m a day late with this post because yesterday I was busy finishing up my FIRST YEAR OF SEMINARY! It was a pretty grand day. The world got so excited about it that it forgot what season it is and snowed today.
Rachel Held Evans, a writer and thinker I have long admired, began a new series in which she will be dedicating her Thursday blog post to the coming Sunday’s lectionary texts. She invited her readers and fellow-bloggers to join her in this task of delving into the Bible as a community – whether through a traditional sermon, a poem, a reflection, art – and I am taking up that invitation.
This week’s texts are: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14
I jumped on the shovel
It sliced into the hard-packed earth
Roots and sticks and last year’s leaves turned over and under
I shove aside the dirt and look down to the heart of the world.
Will I hurry away
and sell everything
for the the Stone I see there,
One large enough to host the the longing of universe
and build it into reality?
It was so terrifying,
they buried it in the loam of the garden,
hoping it might grow there into something more
They fit like they had always been together
one stone next to the other
breathing with one sturdy lung
binding the whole wall together
into a sanctuary of holy possibility.
When I ran into town
and told them all about the wall I had built,
with the Heart-stone pulsing powerfully at the center,
I asked them to come and see
and imagine with me
just what kind of
roads and bridges and homes
such a living wall could offer.
Lord, do not hold this against them:
three stones hurled in fear.
We will pick them up together
and add them to the wall.
The cornerstone is large enough
to hold every stone they throw.