Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Not At Our Beck and Call

We call out your name in as many ways as we can.

We fix your role towards us in the ways we need.

We approach you from the particular angel of our life.
We do all that, not because you need to be identified,
but because of our deep need,
our deep wound,
our deep hope.

And then, we are astonished that while our names for you
serve for a moment,
you break beyond them in your freedom,
you show yourself yet fresh beyond our utterance,
you retreat into your splendor beyond our grasp.

We are--by your freedom and your hiddenness--
made sure yet again that you are God...
beyond us, for us, but beyond us,
not at our beck and call,
but always in your own way.

We stammer about your identity,
only to learn that it is our own unsettling
before you that wants naming.

Beyond all our explaining and capturing and fixing you...
we give you praise,
we thank you for your fleshed presence in suffering love,
and for our names that you give us. Amen.

---Walter Brueggemann

Monday, October 08, 2007

Zoe Conference

Ten people from our praise team went to a conference in Nashville, TN this past weekend. To view our trip: Zoe Conference

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thoughts From Jeremy

I have been taking 3 of my grandkids to school 2 days a week to help out my daughter...Now I know why she blogs so many Jeremy-isms.

Jeremy: Mema, why is your car so little?
Mema: Because I don't have a lot of people riding in it.
Jeremy: Why do people have big vans? Because they have a lot of people riding in them?
Mema: Probably so.
Jeremy: Then I know who has the biggest van.
Mema: Who, Jer?
Jeremy: God does! Because he wants to have all the people ride in His van!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Stormy Weather

We had a beautiful light show last night. I'm working on night shots...I need to keep practicing, but I love God's powerful displays so much that hopefully one day I will do them justice in photo form.