The thing that sucks about being a Christian is that God actually lives in other people.
— Sara Miles in Jesus Freak:Feeding Healing Raising the Dead
The community I am a part of is giving up God for Lent. No, we haven’t all decided to give up church for hedonistic pleasures. What we are doing is giving up our notions of who (or what) God is. The goal? To be open to new ways God can manifest in our lives. As part of this exercise, our 10:15 community (along with the rest of the parish) is reading the book quoted above. Unfortunately, because of a prior commitment, I won’t be able to participate in the discussions. It’s going to be an interesting read (and Lent) based on the quote above from the books introduction.
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by R.S. Gwynn
Her e-mail inbox always overflows.
Her outbox doesn’t get much use at all.
She puts on hold the umpteen-billionth call
As music oozes forth to placate those
Who wait, then disconnect. Outside, wind blows,
Scything pale leaves. She sees a sparrow fall
Fluttering to a claw-catch on a wall.
Will He be in today? God only knows.
She hasn’t seen His face–He’s so aloof.
She’s long resigned He’ll never know or love her
But still can wish there were some call, some proof
That He requires a greater service of her.
Fingers of rain now drum upon the roof,
Coming from somewhere, somewhere far above her.
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