“Firestarter” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the church year.
“Firestarter” introduces the Sixth Week in Pentecost.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

A block of burnable bits, pressed tight, lodged among logs,
    willing to burn and disappear, as long as logs linger with fire.

Clear the space of the hearth of the heart.
    Allow your breathing to become quiet, deep, regular, rhythmic—
    each exhale as a sacred sigh that sweeps the self
    of all the ashes of yesterday’s pain, of any concern other than
    the one that is about to happen: you becoming the Word.

The minute’s meditation presenting the Word is meant
    to further the mellowing of the heart, moving it to readiness
    to receive the fire of the Spirit to burn on,
    just as the bush that lit and warmed the heart of father Moses forever.

Power in the Present

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 11:16-19;25-30

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

At times, I hear a person say something like this: “I wonder what it would have been like to have actually been with Jesus when he walked this earth?” Today’s Gospel is a sobering reminder of what happened to many who had this blessing. Moses was able to bring water from the rock at God’s command; but even God cannot make the rock-hard soul of a person flow with living water, unless the person is willing.

You needn’t prefer any other time or place than your here and your now. The fullness of God’s power in the Holy Spirit is available to you at this very moment. Repent of hardness of heart toward any person, place, or thing. Be open to God’s invitation to rest in him.

Take the final three verses and memorize them so that they will be the Firestarter in the center of the logs of your life, falling into place to light your fire.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Revelation to infants v. 25
“Come to me: I give you rest.” v. 28
Taking Your yoke and learning v. 29
Your yoke easy; burden light v. 30

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for the version for children and families.

This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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