Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Psalm 13

Pentecost +7 – Year A

Psalm 13

In the face of steadfast love there is but the moment.
"How long?" can only be responded to with a variation on the old children's game, "So-o-o-o long."

Through the depths and heights, joys and sorrows, time and yet time again, forgotten and remembered, we have this portion of "So-o-o-o long". It is just long enough to raise a glass in toast and to raise a voice in song.

Come from mud and moving to dust we join in another chorus from St. Woodie:
     So long, it's been good to know yuh;
     So long, it's been good to know yuh;
     So long, it's been good to know yuh.
     This dusty old dust is a-gettin' my home,
     And I got to be driftin' along.

So Abraham is set free from having to sacrifice. Isaac is set free from having to be sacrificed. Lovers of fathers and mothers and lovers are set free from their co-dependency. Righteous folk and thirsters after righteousness are set free from creedal restrictions on their actions. Angels are set free from having to tote sheep to high places.

     This dusty old dust is a-getting' my home,
     And I choose to be kind as I go driftin' along.

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