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.”
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…
3 When Y’hudah, who had betrayed him, saw that Yeshua had been condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the head cohanim and elders, 4 saying, “I sinned in betraying an innocent man to death.” “What is that to us?” they answered. “That’s your problem.” 5 Hurling the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, he left; then he went off and hanged himself. 6 The head cohanim took the silver coins and said, “It is prohibited to put this into the Temple treasury, because it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use it to buy the potter’s field as a cemetery for foreigners.
Blood money. The priests seem to have been unaware of the irony that it was their own actions which tainted the money in the first place. It also seems that it never occurred to them that their own agent would repudiate them by returning the money. Talk about cognitive dissonance!
John 1:19-28 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 20 he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu?” “No, I am not,” he said. “Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” “No,” he replied. 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu the prophet, “I am 'The voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’” (Isaiah 40:3) English Standard Version (ESV) 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight *the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” *Or ‘crying out, ‘In the wilderness make straight’
I was caught by the difference between “A voice crying out in the wilderness,” and “a voice crying out, “in the wilderness make straight”.” I thought, “What difference does it make?” but I kept feeling that somehow it did.