I said, "The flower must die for the sake of the fruit." She asked, "Are you purposely being morbid to make a point or seeking to pollinate conflict?" I answered, "Just passing along the latest report from the stars." She said, "Without the first stars exploding into dust there would be no flower." Satisfied, I said, "I was hoping to land ourselves into the midst of an infinite regression." She said, "If that is the case then let us dance in the vastness of all that comes before us."
How can buildings built by builders without plumb lines and levels stand? Why do some bridges only take me halfway across the duck pond? Whose joke is it to build a road that brings me only partially home? Why do beautiful bridges work moving faces from sadness to joy?
Peace is a nice goal and all but does not help making peace for all. A Minister of the Word stepped down from the Pulpit, bowed his head as if to Pray and began to cry. They didn't get it from me; Faith formation starts in the family. The Bible is just a little tale of tension between Creation and human ways of de-creating. God points to the Man. The Man points to the Woman. The Woman points to the Snake. The Snake, with its tongue, points to God. Nothing new under the sun.
1. Where does a blade of grass find the ferocity to stand through the covering of heavy snow? 2. A blade of grass stands through the covering of newly fallen snow. 3. Enough snow has fallen to cover each blade of grass still present under the cladding crystal. 4. I love the tracks I make with my feet when walking across frosted blades of grass. 5. Even better, the expanding line of exposed grass in warm snow that ends at the foot of a child's creation.
God Who Did All the Good Stuff Those First Six Days, and left everything else to us, we make joyless joy failing to rest; remind us: you finished your work at the start of the seventh day. Amen.