Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pentecost +10 Sunday – C1

Pentecost +10 Sunday – C1

Years C
Hosea 11:1-11 or Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

What a vanity, this tough-pretending G*D. Old Ephraim has been busy with the business of living in human form - unhappy business. We hate our toil; G*D hates our toil. Finally there is despair from humans and despair from G*D - the more we are called the more we went in the opposite direction. Thus, despair in all directions.

A solution to this unhappy business is not despair squared, but a recognition that, despairing or not, we and G*D won't give up. Those old hounds of heaven have been unleashed. Fierce despair/anger won't be unleashed. When the hounds arrive, great licking of faces will occur. Forgiveness as slobber -- compassion, warm and tender -- will find us at home again.

= = = = = = =

caught between
vanity and vanity
hearken back
at distance

once loved
given up for lost
and threatened
nothing left

still loved
compassion shines through
no more wrath
welcome home

what sense this
wavering wind of uncertainty
trembling bird
new future

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