Category Archives: meditations & poems

Offering

Offering (Barbara Messner c. 2005)

His heart went out to them and he fed them, hoping they would recognize: that the satisfaction of hunger lies in leaving accustomed sustenance, and waiting for him to come amongst them, waiting in the open, in emptiness, needing to meet him and share whatever may be on offer. People were fed, but grew greedy to depend on such providing. They would have made … Continue Reading ››
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The Song of Lazarus

The Song of Lazarus

He called. I returned. What else could I do? Though hard it was, and dark To put on failing flesh, I did not think to blame. He called. I came forth. What else could I do, Though hard it was to walk All swaddled like a babe? I heard him speak my name. The crowd shrank away. What else could they do? He grew … Continue Reading ››
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A Choice in the Wilderness

The Spirit must have flinched to lead him there, still glowing from the river, and the dove alighting on him, and the embrace of air, from which God’s voice affirmed a Father’s love. The Comforter turned guide as it took flight: the Spirit urged him onwards, like a flame enticing him to reach the brink of sight. Wild spaces in the distance … Continue Reading ››
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Storm

If God is the voice from the whirlwind, the presence in fire and in cloud that calls us to shake off our bondage and rise up from tomb and from shroud, then listen for God in the turmoil, the thunder of storm and of flood that threatens to crack our foundations, and cover our structures in mud. For God has no patience with … Continue Reading ››
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