In our series on Miracles, we read Mark 5:21ff.
Jeff M. had selected it the previous week. When we actually got to Rest and re/New, he had found out that morning that a good friend of his from New York had died the previous night. So Reflecting on a story involving a resurrection miracle was ... challenging. He talked about feeling in a very Holy Saturday place -- which he had never really felt before, but which felt really appropriate. I was really struck by this because I have a really strong connection to Holy Saturday (yeah, 2009!), whereas I can't point to anything and say, "That was a moment of Good Friday for me," or, "That was an Easter moment for me."
Sun. Feb. 12, 2012
Molly preached on 2 Kings 5:1-17.
The line that most struck me was: "Just how naked and vulnerable do we have to be to accept God's healing?"
She also talked about people's reluctance to pray about things, commenting, "They don't want to put God to the test and be disappointed," to which I was (silently) like, "YES!!!" I mean, this ties into my interpersonal Issues a lot -- not wanting to ask people for things, not wanting to test a relationship, for fear of being disappointed, but I think it is also very very true of our relationship with God. Because God DOESN'T say "Yes" to every prayer request -- I've mostly reframed my sense of prayer as not being about petitioning the big Santa Claus in the sky, but...
Wed. Feb. 15, 2012
Wrapping up our series, we read Mark 6:45-52.
Jeff M. talked about the fact that Jesus nearly passes the disciples by -- like the miracle wasn't even for them -- which had never occurred to me.
He also commented that in their fear and panic ... God draws closer.
Thurs. Feb. 9, 2012
Morning prayer this season has been basically just me and FCS-Ian. Though when Advent started, we both noted that while we'd agreed to not do Every Day during Advent, we were kinda regretting that decision, because morning prayer is (can be) such an enjoyable experience.
FCS-Ian and I agreed that we'd do morning prayer every day during Lent and then stop (both because it's just been the two of us and because he'll newly have an air-breather [translation: baby]).
Thurs. Feb. 16, 2012
[scene: morning prayer service]
FCS-Ian said, "We'll sing verse 1 of #23 -- 'There's a Wildness in God's Mercy.' "
me: "Technically the title is, 'There's a Wideness in God's Mercy.' "
Ian: "I was looking at this earlier and thinking, 'I know I always mess this up, but how? OBVIOUSLY it's "Wildness" ' -- so, thank you."
I really like the idea of the "wildness" of God's mercy, though -- profligate grace and all that.