Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Work Zone–Construction Zone

Jesus responded to the Jews who were persecuting him for healing on the Sabbath, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." What impressed me was that Jesus did not go and use his power of his own will. He worked as he saw his Father work. There was constant two-way communication between them. Maybe if I emulated Jesus in that way, I would be more like him and the Father. I wonder if then persecution would be more of a reality in my life?

Father, help me see what you see and do what you do.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What the Well Saw (John 4:1-42)

How many footsteps?
How many voices?
How many jars of water?

Looking for that which eludes them,
yet not knowing what to seek.
Always thirsty.

Drinking water that does not quench,
Yearning to be restored,
No longer enchained.

Listen -- Do you not hear?
Stop -- Do you not feel it?
Creation trembles.

Creator visiting the created,
Showing the way,
Calling us home.

Listen to his voice,
Drink his water,

See Life Clearly
John 4:1-26

Several things are interesting in this passage, first that Jesus introduces the conversation by asking for water. This provokes a response from the woman, which is exactly what Jesus wanted. Water to drink. Think about how satisfying a complete drink of water is. It is refreshing, but more than that, when one is dehydrated, water helps one to see more clearly. The woman could offer only temporary relief for a dry mouth and all she had tried to do to satisfy her longings, including the desire for love with multiple partners never quite keeps her satisfied. The water that Jesus offers brings complete satisfaction and it opens our eyes to what the world and God are really like. Like the woman, we begin to see life clearly when we accept the living water--we thirst no more. "Sir, I can see…" Can we?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Wind and the Spirit

John 3:8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

Here again,
Gone again,
And there it goes.
It makes the trees speak
And the waters ripple,
It tires the mountain
And crushes the land.
Gentle caresses
In the blowing of hair,
To wreak devastation
And despair.
Unharnessed forever and
Forever free,
The wind and the Spirit
Untarnished will be.

Into His Heart

As long as I do the inviting, I am the host.
The control is mine, the power is mine.
How can I ask him into my heart?
I cannot contain him.
Instead, let me be engulfed in him.
Swallowed whole.
Is that why he chose water?
At that moment, all control, all power is lost --
Helpless as I have always been but was too proud,
or busy, or foolish to even realize.
Mired in the cesspool of "self" control
but oblivious to my own predicament.
Here, suspended between heaven and earth
I surrender all control, I realize my own helplessness,
I make myself completely vulnerable.
I can do nothing.
But, I trust in his goodness, I trust his power to save,
and so I allow myself to be lost in him.
I accept the invitation of my host as he asks
me into his heart.
I let go, pour everything out,
and he fills me to overflowing.
He is in my heart.
I in him, and he in me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jesus Clears the Temple

Thanks to Bethany for taking a shot of the marker board for this drawing. I know it is difficult to see, but this was my gesture of the power and force that spread out in the temple as Jesus drove out money changers, birds and livestock. I imagine an almost whirlwind of destruction as Jesus restores some respect for what the temple was to represent--His Father's house.

Nicodemus Limerick and commentary

There once was a man, Nicodee
Who went for Jesus to see.
To explain born again,
Though he a grown man.
Ahh, Water and Spirit, "I see."

John 3:7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9 "How can this be?"

Nicodemus didn't get it. I don't get it. What does this stuff mean? Believers are born of the Spirit. Can you not tell where they come from or where they are going? Are we invisible to the world? Again, what does this mean?

Nicodemus was approaching Jesus from outside. Jesus is trying to say the only way to understand the ways of God are to be born of God (by the water and the Spirit.) This is an understanding from Old Testament times: Ezekiel 36:25-37:14.

Sometimes I still feel like Nicodemus, I'm not in outright rebellion, I just seem to be on the outside looking in. It is difficult to change polarity. We humans are such physical creatures, that we have difficulty seeing beyond our physicality. Is there life beyond our world. We want to believe, but on our terms. God smiles and shakes his head, "No."

The more we struggle to know by our might, the deeper and more perilous the ocean of ignorance becomes. After the strain becomes to great, the internal stress to the point of overwhelming us, we must let go and trust, or turn and swim back home to more familiar surroundings. Once our flailing ceases and the sense of drowning seems inevitable, we are lifted up. Bouyancy takes over. We suddenly see the dry land and the way home--but not our old home. A new, more natural space in which we move almost effortlessly. Yes, that's where I go. Did I decide? No. But it is where I ought to be anyway. So natural. So appropriate. So why did I fight so long?

The Father is in control. He loves and cares for those who still pull away and think they can figure it all out. He loves those of us who have surrendered ourselves to the water and have been lifted out. Questions that we use to agonize over seem to be no questions at all. The answers obvious and clear point us in directions that those outside cannot even fathom. Jesus came to help us see that it is easier to live as the Father gives life, breath, wind, Spirit. Rise up at his command and have life in you.

So I can see where it came from and where it is going. I must continue to let the wind of the Spirit blow on my face, and through my hair. It is a fair wind, there is no need to turn back and seek shelter in dark spaces. The world outside is stale and unpredictable, but we know where we are going and who is leading us there. It is so simple a new born child can understand–it just is.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Monk Chronicles: John 2 Summary

Maybe that infernally blasted man is making me do these as a way of prolonging my torture. Well, it makes no difference, I still have to do them…

In the beginning, you changed water into wine.
In the end, you said to remember your blood through wine.
At the end, your blood was mixed with water.
In the beginning, a Samaritan woman asked you for water.
And now, I ask for that everlasting water.
I drink in remembrance of you that wine.
And I celebrate having been washed in your blood.

But I worry that I cannot carry your zeal
With me into this life, this body, this spirit.
Will I have the courage to ask you
Or the strength needed to take up my whip
And drive out those who profane your name?
Lord, let zeal for you consume me
And may I always believe in your name.

Brother Henrich
15 of October
This Year of our Lord 1507

The Monk Chronicles: John 1 Summary

That blasted man is making me do a summary poem for each chapter now! He says that it will help me pull more important things from the chapter, and that I will make a greater connection to what I read by doing this. Well, there nothing to do but force myself through this…

Jesus, is there a way I could know you upon sight?
To look upon your face, know that my faith is right?
Is there some magical, God-like thing
You do to know my soul’s inner being?
Or is it simply because you are the Lamb,
The Holy One before whom I stand?
Does your innocence and unearthly grace
Lend you the ability to look upon my sinful face?
How can you call me a true Christian,
When I’m the one living in dissension?
And then when I believe in you
Because of the belief you’ve shown in me,
You tell me that there is still much to see.

Brother Henrich
1 of October
This Year of our Lord 1507

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cana Miracle

I find it exhilarating and awe inspiring how the Spirit works in our lives. As I was reading this chapter in John, I had no idea how my drawing would be formed.
But I noticed, probably for the first time, that it talked about the six large water jars being containers that the Jews used for ceremonial washing purposes. Jesus used them to transform lives by taking the water and changing it into wine--symbolic of his blood that truly cleanses, not just ceremonially so. Also, the comment from the master of ceremonies about the good wine now versus the cheap wine before relates to the truth of Jesus compared to the traditions of the Jews coming before. Another thing I thought of was the idea that this miracle happened at a wedding--true transformation takes place at the wedding of the bridegroom (Jesus) and the bride (the Church).

In my drawing the six small empty circles represent the small thinking of the Jews and the six large wine colored circles represent the fullness of the blessings of God through Christ. The large circles also hint at the forms of red blood cells--symbolized by the wine in communion. There is a lot in this miracle. One of the other things we talked about in our study was that Jesus did this miracle as a service to the wedding party and he did it quietly, humbly and without fanfare. The disciples saw and believed. Can we go out and do the same? (Serve quietly, humbly and without fanfare?)

The Monk Chronicles: John 2

Well. That infernally blasted man has assigned me an entire chapter this week to make up for last week incompetence, as he called my hard work. But I’m not angry. Well, I’m not going to let him know that I am angry. I think that’s why he’s been haunting me, he is trying to break me of my anger. So if I just hide the fact that I am angry, he will leave me alone and my life can return to semi-normal. Of course, I still have to serve my continuing penances for the pot incidence, but that will pass with time. I might even be promoted to more than just an apprentice monk sometime this year if all goes well! That allows that I am able to bear under the pressure of all of the penances I have right now, of course. I’m getting so little sleep these days that I actually fell asleep while scrubbing pots last night, and they didn’t punish me for it because they felt sorry for me. Brother Fedor grumbled a little about my laziness, but Brother Michael stood up for me.

I had better keep this work short, I have to go muck out the stables again, Brother Franz blamed me when a whole pot of ink disappeared. I didn’t do it, but whenever anything goes wrong anymore, people blame me for it. That infernally blasted man was right there when I was punished, too, smirking his evil little grin. Brother Franz just passed, I’m so glad that he hasn’t caught on that I call the Abbot names. I fear the penance that I would receive then would never be served out in my lifetime, nor his. I think the Abbot realizes I call him names, though. Maybe that’s why he’s persecuting me.

No matter, whatever his reasons are, I still must complete this before I can move on. That infernally blasted man has assigned the whole of chapter two to me this week in the hope that I can come up with the “right questions” this time. What is that supposed to mean, the “right questions”? I thought there were no wrong questions, only stupid ones. That man has me grasping at straws again, with no real solution to the riddles he is posing. Maybe he is inferring that I’m not asking the questions that cut to the heart of the issue presented by the passages. That is the only thing that makes sense to me, anyways.

Well, in the light of that, I am going to look at the chapter in two parts so that my connections can be “meaningful”, just like that infernally blasted man wanted them to be. The first section talks about when Jesus changed water into wine. This is Jesus’ first miracle in John, and one of the many miracles recorded in John that aren’t recorded in the other gospel accounts. As odd as this is, I don’t think that it’s the important thing about this passage, and neither is the fact that it is the first in John. Elder Brother Georg would disagree with me on this, he argues the main significance about this passage is that it illustrates Jesus’ innocence because of the simplicity of the first miracle he does. I would rather not argue that, because we cannot be sure that this is the very first miracle he does. What if there were others before this one? I have asked Elder Brother Georg this very question, and he points to verse eleven as his answer. Now, I have no wish to argue with the author of this gospel, but couldn’t Jesus have done miraculous things before this? And this act was just the first public act? That would explain why his mother would come to him in the first place, asking him to alter the situation. But what is the purpose of this miracle, exactly? Brother Handel has told me time and time again that every miracle Jesus does has a specific, intended purpose. The overarching purpose is to further the Kingdom, of course, but how does this miracle achieve that exactly? I just don’t see any answer that make sense over any others in this case.

The second section of verses is about when Jesus clears out the Temple. This section is a little over my head; I mean I understand what Jesus is doing and why, but I just don’t understand why the sudden shift from a wedding banquet to this. Could it be an illustration of the concept that there is a time and place for everything? I don’t understand, yet again, anything that John is hinting at in this passage. Is he trying to illustrate Jesus’ passion for God? But then why the cryptic statement about destroying the temple and then the completely vague verse twenty-five. What is that about? Ooh, there goes that infernally blasted man! Can’t he just leave me alone? Oh, great, Brother Franz is calling my name. I wonder what I’m in trouble for this time. Time to go see, then go clean out the stables again. I wish I had never even heard of fire dust anymore. I truly didn’t mean to cause any harm, honest. But that infernally blasted man is determined to make me the most miserable wretch in God’s sight…

Brother Henrich
8 of October
This Year of our Lord 1507

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Water to Wine - A Reflection

It is striking that Jesus' first miracle took place at an event of celebration. There are several possible reasons as to why Jesus chose this time to perform his first miracle. Perhaps it was to help instill faith in his newly selected disciples -- John 2:11 tells us this was the result of the miracle. Perhaps he felt compassion for the new couple, wanting to spare embarrassment at what should have been a carefree event. I believe, though, there is another reason with consequences that are more far-reaching than that: He did it to validate mothers for all generations.

You see, ever since they turned 18, my children feel there is no reason they should listen to anything I say. They felt I had nothing I could teach them for several years before that, of course, but now they were 18 -- legally adults. Any suggestion I might make would be met with "that" look and the response, "I am over 18, Mom."

But think about it, why did Jesus change the water into wine? Because his mama wanted him to, that's why. And he was 30, mind you, a great deal beyond 18. And besides that, he was God Incarnate -- there really was nothing Mary knew that he didn't already know. Still he did it when he didn't really want to, just because she asked.

I wish I had come to this realization years ago. Do you think it will convince my kids?

John Chapter Two - Ruminations

This is nothing more than a brain dump, immediately after reading the selection. I think it might have been written purely for the last two lines.

Purposefully uninvolved,
But asked into His first exposure
That went unnoticed and unproclaimed,
He took up His mantle,
Consumed with zeal
And cleansed, through destruction
And lashes, the house of His Father.
Asked for authority
He told the truth but, misunderstood,
Was mocked.
There is more than one kind of temple;
To each their own.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Calling of the Disciples (told mostly in verbs)

Behold! -- Heard -- Followed
Seek? -- Come -- Stay
Heard -- Found -- Brought

Follow! -- Found -- Come!
Behold! -- Know? -- Saw
Believe? -- See -- Heaven

The Monk Chronicles: John 1: 35-51

Hmm. I must not say the word blasted in front of Brother Michael again. He looked absolutely aghast when I said it, and looked rather green when he realized I was associating it with our dear Abbot. I wonder if infernal would suit the Abbot more? I really prefer blasted, but infernal will do just as well for now. I might have to move to something stronger if that infernal man keeps refusing to acknowledge my hard work on these reports for him, though. He received my last one in complete silence again, only to laugh at me when I finished! He laughed at me! I wanted to reach across that desk and strangle him right then and there! He said that my studies are “superficial at best” and “tedious at worst”! I spent a good long hour and a half on that report last week, and he had the nerve to call them superficial and tedious! That infernal man… urg!

I will spend two hours on it this week, and see what he says then. I will show him one way or another. In fact, I may have to spend longer than two hours, for that infernal man has assigned even more than he did last week! To the end of the chapter, he says. It shouldn’t be a strain on my time, he says. Pah! As if I needed a further encumbrance on my time! As it is, I rarely get midday meal or dinner because of other small mishaps that always seem to happen when I am around. And I always see that infernal man skulking around right after I am assigned my penance, smirking his little smile. I swear he is up to something, I just need proof about what.

The assigned reading for this week is John chapter one verses thirty-five through verse fifty-one. I see why that infernal man assigned such a lengthy section, although that does not mean I have to like it. This whole passage is about Jesus’ first disciples, and tells us a little of their first interaction with Jesus. The disciples that are discussed are Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, and Nathanael. There is another one that was with Andrew when John says that Jesus is the Lamb of God, but his name is not given. Brother Franz and Brother Handel have been arguing over who this mysterious character is for years now, Brother Franz says that it is Judas, and Brother Handel thinks that it is Thomas. They both agree that the reason the person’s name is not mentioned is that it was shameful, Judas because he becomes the betrayer, and Thomas because he doubts later, which makes no sense to me. I disagree with both of them, but I have no wish to get involved in that argument, they would make me do a year’s worth of penance simply for suggesting that either of them were wrong. I think it’s the author of the book, because people writing about themselves usually don’t put their name in their own work. Its simple, but those two Brother never see anything as simple.

Dang it. Brother Franz happened to be walking by during that little discourse of mine. Now I have to clean out the stables instead of eating dinner. And he added that if I was late for vespers because of it, he would add another penance to it. Brother Franz is quickly becoming my least favorite monk in this entire Abby. And there goes that infernal man again! I swear he instigates it every time I get in trouble!

Calm. I must learn calm. If I am calm in front of that blasted man, then maybe he will start to leave me be. And there I go using blasted again. Back to the Bible, maybe it will help me solve my language problem. There is a clear application here, we are to drop everything to follow Jesus as soon as we feel his calling. But then when do we know that he is indeed calling us to action? And then what path do we follow? Elder Brother Georg says that our conscience will lead us in the right path, because our baptism has conferred upon us the Holy Spirit, and that it is our earthly guide. But then how do we interpret what we feel? Should we just adopt the attitude of Jesus? Or is that not enough? Again, I have all these questions, and that infernal man won’t answer them, he just tells me to find the answers myself. I always tell him I don’t know where to look, but he says that looking is half the fun. As if I have time to look with all the penances he is somehow tricking me into earning! I barely have enough time to eat and get the required amount of sleep! Brother Fedor in the kitchens doesn’t even bother telling me what to do anymore, he just hands me a knife or a spoon and points. He also grunts while he works, like a pig. Sometimes I think maybe that’s why they assigned him to the kitchens, who better would know how to cook food than someone who resembles it?

Hah! Brother Franz walked right by me and didn’t even notice my commentary about Brother Fedor. I get distracted too easily from this, I must concentrate. I am further confused by the interaction of Jesus and Nathanael. Why does Nathanael respond the way he does when Jesus says that he is a true Israelite? And why does Jesus say that Nathanael is a true Israelite when all he did was see him under the fig tree before Philip calls him? I actually might have an answer for this one, Brother Jodai was a Jew before he converted and he says that he would recite the shem’a underneath fig trees at the middle of the day because it was cooler under the trees. So maybe Nathanael was reciting the shem’a for his midday prayers before partaking of his midday meal, after which Philip found him? I don’t know for sure, but the idea is one that would bear further study. Lets see that infernal man stare at me coldly with this idea! But why then does Nathanael immediately know that Jesus is the Son of God? Wouldn’t it make more sense to say that he is a prophet, told things by God that no man would know? Or does he say it because he was already influenced by what Philip said to him? That is a more logical answer, but who’s to say that the Holy Scriptures are logical? Ah, there walks my infernal nemesis again. I will show him this week, I will. I have lots of questions this time to befuddle him, and even a scrap or two of answers that should impress him. Its all too easy. Now I go to clean the horse stables. I wish I could sneak some dung into that infernally blasted man’s food…

Brother Henrich,
24 of September
This Year of our Lord 1507

Author's Note: This is a more edited version than what I read, it should flow a little better. I'm still trying to perfect the character's voice and make a more creative connection to the Bible. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

John 1:35-51

All of these have to do with Nathanael. He's always intrigued me as a Biblical character and I think that there are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to him.

Here is the first, with references from verses 48, 47, and 41 - in that order:
How do you know me?
We have found the Messiah.
Come and you will see.

And based solely upon verse 47:
A true Israelite
Jesus said. In Nathanael
There is nothing false.

And along similar lines:
Nothing false, He said.
What is a true Israelite?
He's a child of God.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Monk Chronicles: John 1:19-34

Urg. It irks me that that blasted man is making me do this after first staring me down when I attempted to present my first report to him. My “simple” little examination of the Gospel of John has now turned into this nightmare of a punishment, all because those cold blue eyes refused to blink while I stumbled and mumbled an explanation of the first eighteen verses of the first chapter. That blasted man is now requiring me to carefully record all of my thoughts concerning the book, and to make my weekly reports to him, and to do all of my weekly chores as well! And, to add insult to grievous injury, the man threatened to have me clean out the stables for a month if I didn’t do my study this time! I did it last week, I swear it! Its just that man… ooh, he makes me so mad!

But I must not let such emotions concern me so. Brother Franz saw my ink splatters and scolded me for being messy and for letting my emotion show too much in my handwriting. Its only a little shaky, and still perfectly legible, but he is right. I must not allow such a base passion like unrighteous anger to take over me so. Therefore, on my lesson I will concentrate.

That blasted man has assigned to me this week the almost impossible task of studying all of chapter one, verses nineteen through thirty-four. Now how am I supposed to find time to study all of that in a mere week? I barely have enough time to get the required six hours of sleep as it is. Brother Franz just rebuked me again, he heard me call the Abbot “blasted man” for the first time. I must learn to not recite what I am writing. Now I have to go scrub the dishes without supper for penance. O, why did I ever want to be a monk?

Because of the length of this passage, I have separated the verses into two groupings, the first being verses nineteen through twenty-eight, and the second verses twenty-nine through thirty-four. If you read carefully these Scriptures, you can see a clear separation, for the beginning of verse twenty-nine reads, “The next day…” This clearly indicates a span of time that passes, therefore I see it as a convenient separation point for the verses.

Verses nineteen through twenty-eight seem to be wholly concerned with John the Baptist and the answers he gives to some who have been sent to question him. Although it does not say who has sent these messengers, the reader is led to assume someone very involved with the temple and spiritual matters, because one of the questioners (in verse twenty-four) is a Pharisee. The second grouping of verses seems to talk about Jesus’ first encounter with John, and then John’s odd testimony concerning what he saw concerning Jesus. I say odd because although John says that he saw Jesus earlier, there is no indication of how he saw Jesus. Was it in a dream or was it in person? Or, as indicated in Mark and Matthew, is John the one that baptizes Jesus? I have all these questions, but that blasted man told me that answers would only come with “meditation on the word of God.” Dash it all, its in studying the Word that all of these questions are generated! There goes my nemesis, smirking at me as he walks past. That blasted man takes pleasure in my torment, I swear it. Now if only I could figure out why he targets me so specifically.

Anyway, I was assigned to study applications of the holy Word to the general assembly here in the monastery. What I see in the first section of particular use is the questioners focus on John. I say this is useful because the analogy could be made that we are like them, in that we study the nature of spiritual matters looking for tailored answers that will fit nicely with the questions we have presented to the Word in our minds. Thus, we focus so much on finding supports for our theories that we bypass the true answers that will lead us to the path of salvation. These questioners were so focused on putting John into their view of what needed to happen before the Christ came that they did not question the alternative that he was the precursor to the Christ, as he himself indicates in verse twenty-seven. Although the text does not say, I am curious to know what further questions were asked of John, as the questioners most likely would not let John’s statement stand without being examined.

I am still not sure what to make of the second portion of verses, verses twenty-eight through thirty-four. No practical application needs to be pulled from these, as I already did it up there, but that blasted man is likely to question me about these verses if I don’t mention them in my report and describe how they are crucial to the Christian faith. I am sure that John’s revelation of Jesus as the Son of God is an important step in the opening of Jesus’ ministry, I just want to know who John is talking to when he is saying these words. Is he by himself? There is no indication that anyone is with him, but then why does it matter that he speaks such words if there are no witnesses? I wonder if the same questioners from the day before are there, and if that is who he is speaking to, because it says in verse thirty-five that he is with his disciples the next day and calls Jesus the Lamb of God then. But the text does not indicate who, if anyone, was with John during this revelation, so it must just be another matter that is beyond human knowledge until we join with God in the heavens above.

That blasted man just walked by again, still smiling his little smirk. Well, I will show him with my report this time! “Not prepared”, he called me last time. Well we will see who gets the last laugh this time. I will show him I am not slacking in this penance, just like I have not slacked in any other penance given to me. If I get caught, then I deserve the punishment. My only wish is that he had not been the one to catch me this time. There goes the bell for vespers, now I’m late again.

Brother Henrich,
17 of September
This Year of our Lord 1507

Author's note: There should be more to come, and although the character may rant about the length of passages, this author feels no stress at the lengths currently being assigned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Testify and Kyrie Eleison

These are two pieces, separate and apart from each other:

I must testify
To love and the truth I've seen
In the Son of God.

John 1:34
I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.

Criste eleison,
Take away all of our sins.
Oh, Lord have mercy.

John 1: 29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!..."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Word was God/The Word was with God

I have always been fascinated with illuminated manuscripts, especially those of the medieval time period. I had originally planned on creating this piece as a replica of that style of illumination. But as I read about the mystery of who Jesus is and where he came from, I realized the abstract quality of the description. John writes in a way that helps us to see that Jesus is so much greater than our comprehension. So I made the words and images flow back and forth between understanding and mystery. The whole of the text is there, whether in word or image, from John 1:1-9.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Word

In the beginning
-Timeless adage, here again-
The Word was with God.

In Him was the light
-Though we were blinded to it-
Light, the life of man.

The Word became flesh
-There's no sin in temptation-
And dwelt among us.

We saw His glory,
-Saw yes, but misunderstood-
Full of grace and truth.

A "T" in the Maze

Perched precariously on the see-saw of eternity,
I am suspended by another choice.
Two fellows stand at either end,
Arms stretched out to receive me.
A step towards one is a familiarly slippery path,
Worn to smoothness from repeated choice.
A stop towards the other is harder,
But cleaner and, somehow, truer.
I dare not tarry here much longer,
For then a slip would be unavoidable
And choice would disappear.
The smooth path is a slide,
As wide as it is steep.
The rough path is a balance-beam,
But redemption lies in the struggle.
I am perched precariously on the see-saw of eternity,
Torn with the struggle of another choice.

Based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Meagan's stuff

Is it better for me to rewrite my stuff on this blog or just refer to my other one? For right now I'll just keep it on the one. To read what I've written so far, you can go to my blog:

My original thought for this writing was that the reader should be unsure of where it was going (and the viewpoint from which it is told), but that there would be a gradually revelation from each succeeding "episode." So, I was kind of trying that out with the group. However, it's hard for you all to have much insight to give me feedback when all you get is a disjointed segment that you hear one time. So, this week, if time permits, I'd like to give you a little more of an idea on what I'm trying to construct. To help with that, I want to give you the scripture references that have been my springboard.

There have been three episodes so far--two I read the first week and one I read last week. I've separated them into 3 posts on my blog. So here are the scripture references for the posts:

Feb 29--Genesis 1:6-10, 2:4-6
Mar 1 -- Genesis 3:17-19, 4:10, 6:12, 7:11
Mar 12 -- Genesis 12:6-9

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Checking 1, 2, 3....

I think I got "author invitations" sent to at least all the people that attended tonight. Once you are an author I think you might be able to invite other people, so please invite anyone that I might have left out or forgotten.

Is there more information that should be included on the page?

Once you guys are authors I should be able to give you all admin capabilities, so we give lots of people or everyone the ability to add news, events, edit the layout, change settings...and so forth.