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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A Little Child
“Yes! I tell you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom
of God like a child will not enter it!”
In church today, I suddenly heard this verse completely
differently. I’m reading a book right now that recommends reading the Bible ‘against
the grain’. I don’t know if that is what I did, but I was suddenly overcome with
a need to write down what I heard in my mind’s ear. Is that what happened to
the prophets when they were blown over by the breath of the Holy Spirit? Maybe
that’s not such an unusual happening as we are taught to think. Not something
that used to happen in far off ancient Israel in a mountain or a cave, but a thing
that can come over any of us, anytime.
Anyway, here is what I frantically scribbled down during the
exchange of the peace—
“Receive the Kingdom as a little child..”
Not us; not the ones receiving; but the Kingdom, thatis what is like a child!
Receive the Kingdom, abashed after
being chided by Jesus— receive it with cheeks flaming because Jesus is
indignant that we tried to turn it away.
Receive the Kingdom as if it were
helpless and trusting— counting on us to take care of it.
Receive the Kingdom even when it
throws tantrums, and utters piercing shrieks fit to burst your eardrums at
Receive the Kingdom even when it
defeats the child locks, gets into the bottom cupboard, and scatters the flour
and sugar all over the floor.
Watch out for the Kingdom when you
are backing out of your driveway on your way to work.
Put up with the Kingdom when it sniffles
and whines because it wants some treat it can’t have.
Be patient with the Kingdom when
it lies to you about who broke the toy.
Take care of the Kingdom when it
falls off the swing set and breaks its arm— take it to the ER and hold its hand
while the bone is set.
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…