Monthly Archives: July 2014

Leftovers

One made bread pudding. Another, croutons for soup. One mashed them in milk for the tomorrow baby’s breakfast. The important  thing was, they got to keep the crumbs; no more maggots in the manna; they got to bring it home, … Continue reading

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Re-creation

in the beginning, when God began to create the heavens and the earth, all was formless and void, and the Spirit of God moved over the dark waters Suspended in salt water, albatross passes over; create me.

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The patient God

This Sunday, we read the pinnacle of Paul’s poetry: I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate … Continue reading

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Night prayer

I pray this night for those who have lived so long that no one who knows can imagine life beyond them. I pray this night for those whose breath was never strong; whose lives are counted in days; whose days … Continue reading

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Early week wordplay

Let tares grow, let tears flow; there is no justice without tearing our selves apart; Until life’s ending, we are left tending weeds tenderly as the wheat field. alternatively Let tares grow, let tears flow; there is no judgement without … Continue reading

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Year A Proper 10: seed for sowing and bread for eating

Frederick Buechner says that parables are like jokes: if you have to have it explained, it’s just not worth it.* In some ways, this parable says the same thing about itself. The last line of Jesus’ explanation is that those … Continue reading

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Wormfood

Whilst musing over this Sunday’s parable (the sower and the different soils), I hit upon the Dummies.com article, “How to Improve Soil Quality for Healthy Plant Growth,” by Sven Wombwell. Sven suggests that “Worms really are a gardener’s best friends. … Continue reading

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Crossover

A crossover from today’s Bible Challenge blog, just because Leftovers: Readings for today were Isaiah 7-9, I Thessalonians 5, Psalm 28, OR Judith 15 The day of my graduation from seminary was supposed to be the Rapture (according to the … Continue reading

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Year A Proper 9: of fourth of July fireworks, parades and prophecies (and little donkeys)

When I was growing up, a trip to the seaside meant (if we were lucky and good) a ride on the beach donkeys. These little donkeys plied their trade on every tourist beach in England. Usually, there would be about half … Continue reading

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Year A Proper 9: Little Donkey

When I was growing up, a trip to the seaside meant buckets and spades, sandcastles in the sand, fishing nets, for catching shrimps in the rockpools, ice cream, and late in the afternoon, before loading up the car for home, … Continue reading

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