April 16, 2017

“Spring is like a perhaps hand…” So says early 20th century poet e.e. Cummings.

“Spring is like a perhaps hand

(which comes carefully

out of Nowhere) arranging

a window, into which people look (while

people stare

arranging and changing placing

carefully there a strange

thing and a known thing here) and

hanging everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps

Hand in a window

(carefully to

and fro moving New and

Old things, while people  

stare carefully

moving a perhaps

fraction of a flower here placing

an inch of air there) and

without breakin...

April 10, 2017

Metropolitan Museum of Art Pieces, paired with scripture

April 9, 2017

This week I saw an article about the “unbusy pastor.” The long and short of the article was that a pastor is doing their best when they are able to be the non-anxious presence, which requires not always thinking ahead to the next thing. I’m sure you’re familiar with the busy I’m talking about - the to-do list for the day, those things that must get done, everything is reduced to being checked off a list. This morning, I ask us to consider what it means to not always worry about all of the factors and how to juggle, but how...

April 9, 2017

21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,

21:2 saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.

21:3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately."

21:4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming t...

April 8, 2017

“Crucifix” made in the vicinity of Salzburg, Austria, ca. 1125-1150 CE

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32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; 34...

April 7, 2017

“Job rebuked by his Friends, from Illustrations of the Book of Job” by William Blake
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13 “Let me have silence, and I will speak,
    and let come on me what may.
14 I will take my flesh in my teeth,
    and put my life in my hand.
15 See, he will kill me; I have no hope;
    but I will defend my ways to his face.
16 This will be my salvation,
    that the godless shall not come before him.
17 Listen carefully to my words,
    and let my...

April 6, 2017

“Two Young Peasant Women” by Camille Pissarro (For more info, click here.)

3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, bot...

April 5, 2017

“Study for the Prophet Jeremiah” by Henry Fuseli (For more info, click here.)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. 2 At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, 3 where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him. Zedekiah had said, “Why do you prophesy and say: Thus says the Lord: I am going to...

April 4, 2017

“Terracotta vase in the form of a sleeping African (known as Ethiopian) boy” from Cypriot, ca. 3-2nd century BCE (For more info, click here.)

32 When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. 33 So he went in and closed the door on the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got up on the bed and lay upon the child, putting his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands; and while he lay bent over him, the flesh of the child became warm. 35 He got down, walke...

April 3, 2017

“Portrait of the Boy Eutyches” Egypt, 100-150 CE (For more info, click here.)

17 After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18 She then said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!” 19 But he said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him from her bosom, carried him up into the upper chamber where he was lodging, and laid him on his own b...

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