“Ink” – An Alphabyte

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

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

Wood-pounded, mashed, soaked, dried —paper,
    made white to bear pen’s piercing mark…
    Body—pounded, mashed, soaked, open, is Jesus on that wooden death—
    heart pierced to open the sacred flow.

Ink—it means “to burn.”
Old burnt offerings are no longer needed;
    only the heart aflame will do for God.
Take the open, white space that waits to serve you.
Pause, pen poised for the promptings of God, calling you to be poet and prophet,
    faithful to the peace the Spirit gives.
Let the Spirit shape the fingers as you watch and see the Word become flesh,
    burning the paper—burning the heart.

Fire-Seeds

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Jesus presents five images as ways to understand the Kingdom of Heaven. All of them, especially the first four, have something in common. What is it? A hint: Firestarters might be included in the list.

The first two illustrations are similar: something small becomes big over time. The flowers that are delighting your summer were once seeds in the ground. Each day they were stitched from within until their leaves and petals played in the sun. The persistence of planted seeds has something to do with the Kingdom of Heaven: it grows inside of you.

The time you spend with the Word each day is as a fire-seed for what can grow within you during the day, then day after day, until your whole life is bathed in the awareness that God is reigning, protecting, covering, and directing your life. What other words and images can you discover to express what the Kingdom means to you?

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Kingdom like a mustard seed v. 31
My life leavened by Your word v. 33
Treasure hidden in my heart v. 44
Finding the pearl of great price v. 45

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for the version for children and families.

This is the ninth 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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