“Trapeze” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Trapeze” introduces the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

A short man walks meekly amid myriad faces.
He lifts himself above the crowd to a high trapeze where he can do
what no one else can—three and a half times whirling from his swing
into the arms of his brother who receives him
till they perch on the platform on the other side.

The crowd beneath watches with breath suspended as he spins,
like a machine’s gear gone wild in disconnected flight
till it stops with perfect engagement in the cog of the brother gear.

What grace, practice, trust and risk go into these gasping seconds of life!
Arms stretch out to let go and receive.
What will be, is grasped only by letting go of what was.

Be as this artist.
Stand with hands outstretched to your brother Jesus
whose arms are cross-stretched to receive you,
taking you into Paradise space now.

The Sleeve of a Believer

Monday, October 14, 2013
Zechariah 7—8

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God’s call to obedience courses through these two chapters of sermons from Zechariah. Disobedience on the part of our ancestors made them vulnerable to foreign attacks and the destruction of Jerusalem and their sacred Temple.

Just as the salvation of the one leper who returned is better than all ten healed of leprosy, so fasting and worship may be external only, never going to the heart of total obedience—that surrender which has us walk in God’s ways with our hands in God’s.

Notice what happens. Just as the ten lepers of yesterday, ten persons from every foreign nation will let go of their unfaithful ways and cling to the sleeve of a believer. Your obedience and fidelity to the Lord can prompt others to let go of the “trapeze” of their vain works and cling to the Lord by grasping the sleeve of your faith.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Help us, Lord, to live as one. 8:5
You are planting seeds of peace. 8:12
Make me a source of blessing. 8:13
May one touching me find You. 8:23

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This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.

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