May 10, 2014

Dear friends-

I’m remembering the old song that goes, “Just do what the Good Book says.” A lovely sentiment, that of taking our counsel from the words of Scripture. I suppose it could fairly be said that, if we all did this, the Creation we’ve been blessed with would be a much sweeter place.

Problem is, it’s really, really hard to do. There are so many deeply challenging, even unsettling things in Scripture – ancient laws written in a time so different from ours that we can hardly imagine why such laws were even written, much less following them.

Even Jesus offered up many lessons that… well… how many of us are ready to sell all we have and give the money to the poor? Or when he says, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword…” What is he saying?

All such hard, puzzling, yes, disturbing statements, laws, proverbs, and stories are worth study and reflection; such reflection is part of any honest faith journey. But that’s for another time..

Because, as I’m whistling “Just do what the Good Book says,” I’m also whispering to myself these sweet words of Jesus: “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”

Who is “they”? Is it us, most of whom already have an abundance we hardly notice? Is it those of this Earth who have nothing, but await God’s promise? And what kind of abundance is he speaking of? Is it a kind of abundance that we haven’t even thought of?

I’m not sure, but it’s worth praying about – and singing, and talking, and dreaming. For it is meant to be, whatever it finally looks like.

We would love to have you take part in this exploration. We worship at 10 AM; come for a taste of abundance.

Sabbath blessings-
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