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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de Chelly was my mother’s favorite place. I don’t know why I’m thinking of her
this morning, except that an enormous change has reached its culmination in my
life recently. My mother’s name was Doris Ann and she was born in 1926 and died
in 2003— 15 years ago. She was the most remarkable person I’ve ever known, and the
wisest. I was looking for inspiration for
my blog post because the Lectionary readings turned out to be pretty inert for
me today. The only thing that struck me in the readings were these verses from
Proverbs about Wisdom. I realized that they reminded me of my mother.
30 “I was with him as someone he could trust. For
me, every day was pure delight,
as I played in his presence all the time, 31
playing everywhere on his earth,
and delighting to be with humankind.”
I went looking for other sources of inspiration, and ended up reflecting on
endings. My sister and I were with Mom
when she died, and even at the time I felt it as a great grace and blessing.
Now, all these years later, I am certain that it was, and what’s more, the
experience of being with her at her death has given me a kind of aptitude for
endings. This poem I’m sharing with you reminded me of her so strongly that it seemed
almost as if the poet had written it about her.
it comes to my own endings, in particular the one now present in my life, I was
suddenly illuminated this morning by the understanding that I’m leaning into
the memory of my mother because of the way that she showed me, with grace and
infinite aptitude, how to go about dying. It’s because of her that I understand
how to navigate endings, and recognize what Wiman meant when he wrote:
“And praise to the light that is not yet, the
dawn in which one bird believes, crying not as if there had been no night but
as if there were no night in which it had not been.”
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’…
from Sunday 8-19-2018 THE BREAD
OF LIFE Proverbs 9:1-6 To those without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed. I’m all over the map
today. At first I thought my role might be that of Wisdom, building a house and
calling to “those without sense” to come in. Then vertigo set in, the world
whirled sideways, and there I was standing there stupidly trying to figure out
where the voice came from that was calling to me. How about this?— “Without
sense” might mean someone “who’s got no sense” but it might just as well mean
someone who just can’t make sense of anything. How many times have we heard someone
say that “nothing makes sense anymore”? Hello.
Psalm 34:9-14 13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
and your lips from lying words. But what if my words
aren’t a lie? What if my words are not evil in intent, but instead lay bare the
truth of an evil? Is that what I’ve been doing, shutting my teeth on honest
words for no better reason than because I do…
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…