(Southern Utah, top of the Rocky Mountains, looking east)
Words are key to our readings this week. But, we are not limited to just the spoken word, we are invited into the idea of images and symbols which words convey, even the unspoken word can permeate our imaginations...
From Exodus - "God spoke all these words..." which we call commandments for living in right relationship with God, with our neighbor, and yes, even with ourselves.
And then the Psalm tells us that all creation tries to speak into the world, "Day pours forth speech, and night declares knowledge"...yet even as the voice of creation goes to the end of the earth, it is not heard. We pray that the words and meditations of the heart will be acceptable to God.
Paul reminds the Church in Corinth of the paradoxes of faith and life, "Has not God made foolishness the wisdom of the world? - For Christ is the power of the wisdom of God..." (that will preach...)
And since it's Lent, we get a good dose of Jesus in the Gospel of John - this Jesus who knows everything from the beginning and faces into being devoiced and mocked with a confidence that can only come from God - for the Word that was with God since before creation, cannot be silenced.
Where are you going with the texts this week? Are you inspired by words or images?
One thing I know for certain, we will surely be inspired by one another. Join us for the party. Share with us your concerns, worries, ideas, hopes, and questions. We'll read your sermon and offer you support. Pull up a chair, let me pour you a cup of coffee or make you some tea.
We're here to care for one another as we prepare to break open the word.