If you want what visible reality
can give, you're an employee.
If you want the unseen world,
you're not living your truth.
Both wishes are foolish,
but you'll be forgiven for forgetting
that what you really want is
love's confusing joy.
From Essential Rumi
Good morning preacher friends and friends of preachers! This is my first Sunday back from a couple of weeks of stay-cation. I've only just looked at the readings and am wondering about the theme that runs through them - Wisdom.
Alas, that is exactly as far as I have gotten. Re-entry from vacation is tough - this has been a busy week! Filled with home visits, preparations for the fall, scheduling meetings, catching up. You know, right? We all go through the same thing, regardless of what job we have, re-entry is tough.
Okay then, wisdom is not exactly the sort of thing that visible reality can give...or, can it? What kind of unseen world is the truth behind wisdom? How will you open up the word to reveal love's confusing joy?
Do you have any idea what your focal point will be? Are you going to tackle 1Kings or Proverbs? A Psalm or Ephesians? Or are you going to try and slice open the bread/wine/flesh/blood metaphor in John?
Me? I will probably go with 1Kings, simply because I preached from the book of Samuel all summer and 1Kings continues the story. Sticking with the story I've been telling seems to be a wise choice for re-entry...
Another wise decision is to make sure we have plenty of coffee. Or, if you prefer tea. I do have lots of each. And, fresh fruit, too. Oh, and a ton of garden fresh tomatoes. Pull up a chair, lets share a little love, joy, and wisdom - it's the Preacher Party!