The Waystead is a Hermitage of the Lindisfarne Community, established with the intent to foster the love of God in the world. My resolve is to follow the Way of the One in Whom we live and move and have our Being.
I trust that by thoughtfully founding, and steadfastly keeping, a dwelling place and setting it apart as a place of prayer, reflection, and contemplation, I will be able to hold onto that resolve.
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4 (3) Adonai, in the morning you will hear
in the morning I lay my needs before you and wait expectantly.
10 (9) For in their mouths there is nothing
within them are calamities….
1 Peter 1: 13- 25 (CJB)
13 Therefore, get your minds ready for work,
keep yourselves under control, and fix your hopes fully on the gift you will
receive when Yeshua the Messiah is revealed.
(From Mounce; my wording)
…set your hope completely
on the grace offered to you in the manifestation of Jesus Christ
John 14:18- 31
27 “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the
(From Mounce; my wording)
Peace I bequeath to
you, my peace I entrust to you. The way I give is not the way the material
I could not find much of anything in today’s readings that contained
any kind of resonance. That happens. I read over all the readings over in my
usual manner, and then read them over again. Distraction and bother interfered
with my equanimity. I closed all windows in capitulation. Then I opened them
again, deciding to just do my usual copy-and-paste of the phrases that stood
out to my eye. Once I did that, I got back into the groove.
— And wait
—Within them are
—Get your minds ready
—Set your hope
completely on the grace offered….
—Peace I bequeath to
you…. the way I give is not the way the world gives.
In my mind the ‘resonances’ formed a serial relationship,
almost like a set of instructions starting with “Wait expectantly.” It made me
It was as if the texts were saying, “Here’s what you do:”
the only thing to be done—
Can I be
expectant without any expectations?
I think, “Maybe.”
are these calamities within—
enemy the calamity, or the calamity the enemy?
I think, “Depends.”
harbors these inner calamities; me or someone else?
I think, “Both.”
argue with the workings of my mind.
sneer at the hope that comes with grace.
I won’t ignore
this bequest from the Presence; this wry and painful truce.
here in the waiting:
they yield an odd equanimity that comes sliding in sideways from elsewhere—
plain, ordinary, even a bit grumpy, but definitely peace.
Lectionaries are funny things— weird, abstruse little lists
of biblical passages by number, sort of like tide tables or bus schedules. Today’s
Lectionary passages (for 3-9-2018, the week of the third Sunday in Lent) are:
Psalm 88; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; and Mark 6:47-56 About a month ago I posted a reflection in response to
Abbess Jane’s Lectionary Musings blog on the same passage from Corinthians as the
one listed for today in the Daily Office Readings Lectionary (BCP). That was
supposed to be the reading for the 6th Sunday of Epiphany, according
to +Jane, but I just can’t find it anywhere. I looked up Epiphany 6 in both the
Daily Office Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary—not there. It’s not
the reading from the Lindisfarne Community’s A Way of Living Lectionary for
either Year 1 or 2 either. Oh well. I was never the sort of autist who is fascinated by such
things as bus schedules. I am much more inclined to be enthralled by maps. I
wonder if I could make a L…
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 4 Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, 5 not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered,
and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth. 7 Love always bears up, always trusts,
always hopes, always endures.
I’ve read this over about five times now, and it keeps on
growing in my mind. The above is only a part of the verse cited, but it’s the
part that kept reaching out and poking me. It’s the part that I felt was
reading me; the part that was peering
into my heart to see what is going on in there. It’s the part that sat down in
front of me with a questioning look on its face, put its chin in its hand, and
looked at me without saying anything. And kept on looking. Eventually I started noticing specific things; I started trying
to see what the verse was looking at in me. I noticed that it started out by
talking about what love is; then what it isn’t; then back …
On Sunday the Psalm was the famous 23rd.
I’ve heard it so many times that I never expected anything new to come
wandering across the border from that hinterland, but there ya go. So, the
liminal phrase is this: “Your rod and your staff they comfort me,” or as
the CJB says, “your rod and staff reassure me.” I got to thinking, “Well, just exactly how does a shepherd
use a staff and a rod?” The staff is used to guide the sheep and to catch them.
Traditional staffs used in the UK have horn crooks with a sharp curled tip,
which I suspect is designed to catch in the fleece. The rod was essentially a
club used to defend against predators, but also as a goad to correct the sheep.
I’ve never really identified with the sheep; I mean they are
really not very smart and don’t have much of a survival instinct. I also have
misgivings about identifying myself as the shepherd of the sheep. So, I asked
myself, “What other role might I fill in the whole sheep-shepherd metaphor?”
and it came to me: Shee…