“Gears” – An Alphabyte

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

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

He was a brave man who took me on in my later years to learn the guitar.
The music in my spirit grabbed all at once at the fingers,
    making them spasm in tightenings and loosenings.
With an accent from Italy, tinged with impatience he blurted:
    “You’ve got to practice slowly. The movements of the hand
    are like many tiny gears that must meet and mesh perfectly
    so the music’s whole can happen.”
Magnify the gaze at the many movements of your heart’s hands
    that freeze in fear, or ring with rage.
Look at your frenzied heart through the glass of God’s Word
    till you can see in large space, just how to move.
Then, with joyful ease, your soul will sing the music that magnifies the Lord.

Silence and the Seed

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 13:1-9;18-23

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“Silence”—the word comes from the ancestral root si, meaning “to rest,” “to let the hand fall.” Our word “seed” is sister to “silence.” The falling seed from the hand of the sower becomes an image that Jesus uses in “The Sermon of Parables.”

For the next three Sundays, the seven images that Jesus uses to describe the Kingdom are set forth in meditative detail. The alphabyte “Gears”for this week suggests a slowing down of life to magnify the movements of God in you. Receive these parables and other images God will be sending your way into the silence of your being.

Silence embraces every word of Jesus. May this minute meditation with you here, be as a seed dropping into the some one thousand minutes of your waking day, so that your day may bear fruit.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Seeding my soul with the Word v. 8
Hearing and understanding v. 19
Standing faithful in the Word v. 21
May my soul be good soil, Lord. v. 23

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This is the seventh 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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