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.
Acts 11:1-18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 11 The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God; 2 but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him, 3 saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!” 4 In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened: 5 “I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me. 6 I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’ 8 I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into hea…
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…
Psalm 142 By the road that I am walking they have hidden a snare for me. Numbers 24: 1-13 “I summoned you to curse my enemies. But here, you have done nothing but bless them — three times already!" Romans 8: 12-17 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear... Matthew 22: 15-22 “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me?
The Way: Snares, contrariness, fear, and traps. That’s samsara, is what that is. The literal meaning of “samsara” is “continuous flow.” If you want a synonym for ‘samsara’ maybe “flux” would do.
Necks in a noose, getting the opposite of what we expect, being betrayed by freedom, and hearing our own double-dealing words echo in our ears. There’s no escaping it, until we stop trying to escape it. That’s when all the sticky tangles just dissolve without even a sizzle. Where did they go? Who cares? There are so many clues embedded in our language that tell us what we already know: “There ya go.” — “It is what it is.” — “Even so.” — “Can’…