Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Usher” introduces the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”
A modest, humble task, it would seem—pointing out a place to sit.
The root of the parent from ancient Latin gives more life to the pointing.
It means OPENING.
Think of the grace of taking one
whose being is closed in fear to what is opening forth:
the mouth of the Word—an opening in God’s arms—
an embrace that needs an open heart.
The usher is the link between what is open and closed.
So simple to do—a smile, a hand, a gesture of welcome so gentle
that what is tight in the other becomes loose.
This tiny moment of welcome at worship
opens countless meetings with people after.
Will you let yourself be open to the Lord, so that with this same gift
others can enter into the open side of Jesus
where saving blood and water flow?