Monthly Archives: March 2010

Three Things Tuesday

(1)  This is hilarious no matter what you believe.

(2)   “the Bible explains the mystery of Christ’s work in a whole ‘kaleidoscope’ of models, metaphors, theories or stories of salvation, each reflecting a different aspect of this very deep and far reaching problem of ‘sin’ in us and in this world” – Steve Burnhope.

For those of us who have struggled with reconciling the theory of penal substitution with a God of love the idea that there is more than one legitimate atonement theory is a sigh of relief.

Check out this article:

Steve Burnhope: “Culture, Worldview and the Cross: Penal Substitutionary Atonement and 21st Century Mission”

(3)  I thought this was an interesting graph showing the National Debt as a percent of GDP.   Not only does it give a better perspective of our national debt than just throwing a dollar figure out there but I thought it was surprising to find out that the National Debt as a percent of GDP has increased mostly under the Republican Party during the last 60 years.

Prayer For The Week – The Lord’s Prayer From The Original Aramaic

Here is one beautiful interpretation of The Lord’s Prayer from the original Aramaic:

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!

May our future actions grow from here!

Release a space to plant your Presence here.

Envision your “I Can” now.

Embody your desire in every light and form.

Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.

Untie the knots of failure binding us,

as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.

Help us not forget our Source,

Yet free us from not being in the Present.

From you arises every Vision, Power and Song

from gathering to gathering.

Amen –

Prayer For The Week – Words

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

Most of my regrets in life have to do with me saying something that I end up regretting.  Holding my tongue doesn’t come naturally to me.  Sometimes (not as often as I should) I recognize ahead of time a situation that could lead to these sorts of regret and become more careful about the words I use.

At the beginning of this week I realized that all the passion (from both sides) about the health care bill getting passed had the potential to create a perfect storm that I could get caught up in.   So, I am praying Psalm 141:3 this week as I strive to choose my words carefully.

Why Not. Bart?

Prayer For The Week – More Fully Human

Lord, help me become more fully human.

“To become fully human means learning to turn my gratitude for being alive into some concrete common good. It means growing gentler toward human weakness. It means practicing forgiveness of my and everyone else’s hourly failures to live up to divine standards. It means learning to forget myself on a regular basis in order to attend to the other selves in my vicinity. It means that living so that “I’m only human” does not become an excuse for anything. It means receiving the human condition as blessing and not curse, in all its achingly frail and redemptive reality.”  Barbara Brown Taylor

Poetry I Love

A friend of mine, Adele Sakler, has been writing a lot of poetry and posting it on her blog, Existential Punk, and it has me thinking about some of the poetry I love…so I thought I’d share one of my favorites here.  (Be sure and check out Adele’s poetry too – she has some good stuff. )

Thread by Catherine Lucy Czerkawska

 If I love you

Your life instantly becomes

More fragile than my own,

Your body more frail

Each cough or minor pain

A symptom of some dread

Disease or other.

 

Death is on every road

Or in every other car

Some nights in my skin

Flutters in apprehension

And I am so threatened that

Caring translates itself

Inside my head to

Stone cold anger.

 

Because I am unsufficient

Tormented by the frailty

Of you whom I love.

Selfish I

Find you

Necessary for my own definition

Your life is a single thread

It snaps

I wither.

Three Things Tuesday – I Love Art

This week’s Three Things Tuesday brings you art.  I love art – especially unusual art.  Hope you enjoy these as much I do.

#1  Ilana Yahav is a world renowned sand animation artist.  She uses only her fingers while drawing with sand on a glass table.  It’s amazing!!

#2 Erik Johansson is a young artist from Sweden who creates remarkable images by digitally modifying photographs that he takes.  Here is one of my favorites (check out more of his art here):

#3  And “just for fun”  here’s some  “Cool Art That Will Mess With Your Head”

Prayer For The Week – Help Me To Know & Be Love

Lord, help me to know and be love.

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love,

I have become sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

Lord, help me to choose words that are loving.

And if I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and

all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to move mountains,

but have not love, I am nothing.

Lord, help me to value love more than knowing and more than faith.

And if I dole out all my goods, and

surrender my body to the flames

but have not love, I gain nothing.

Lord, help me to do everything I do with love.

Love is long suffering,

love is kind,

it is not jealous,

love does not boast,

it is not inflated.

Lord, help me to be patient and kind, generous and humble, so that I may love.

It is not discourteous,

it is not selfish,

it is not irritable,

it does not enumerate the evil.

Lord, help me to take my eyes off of myself and my own desires, so that I may love.

It does not rejoice over the wrong,

but rejoices in the truth.

Lord, help me to rejoice in the truth that you are love.

It covers all things, it has faith for all things,

it hopes in all things, it endures in all things.

Lord, help me to embrace a radical kind of love that has the power to change everything.

Love never falls in ruins;

but where there are prophecies, they will be abolished;

or tongues, they will cease;

or knowledge, it will be superseded.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

When I was an infant,

I spoke as a child, I reasoned as a child.

When I became an adult,

I put childish things behind me.

For now I see through a mirror in an enigma, but then I shall see face to face.

Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully as I am now fully known by you.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love;

but the greatest of these is love.

Lord, help me to know and be love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (modified by me)