“Knots” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Knots” introduces the Eleventh of Thirteen Weeks in Pentecost:
Summer in the North, Winter in the South.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

None was better than Dad at casting a four-ounce weight into the sea,
    sinking and searching for a catch.
Before I got the knack, the knot came—huge …endless…
    making the smoothly spinning reel an inert mass of mess,
    slowly to be unwound, unpuzzled so that the flow could happen again.
Like a faithful pet, Dad’s pole would patiently wait beside him,
    as he turned his eyes from the preferred outward, seaward,
    longing look, to the close search for the answer, so I could cast again.

Backlashes, they’re called—life spinning too fast
    for gentle control and directing movement.
Look at the spool of life with its minutes and hours that unroll for you.
How does it feel—this reel?
Wait…watch…letting your Father take your life into his lap, teaching you
    how to unravel the knots, so you can cast out into the deep again.

The Sea of Faith

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 14:22-33

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

The chaos of water is subject to the command of God. It must obey the limits assigned to it by its Creator. Thus, it was in the beginning when God rolled back the seas and the dry land appeared (Gen. 1:9-10). Again, water bowed to the rainbow covenant of God when the ark finally rested on the mountaintop.

The Chosen People later walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. Jesus shares power over water with the first of his friends: Peter walks upon the impossible—water … but only for a while.

What is missing is consistent and not merely impulsive faith. A block of fear comes between the eyes of Peter and those of Jesus, when Peter looks down and sees water below his feet. Peter’s dread is similar to that which will take hold of him when the servant girl in the courtyard outside of Jesus’ trial will shake Peter’s heart into denying that he ever knew Jesus.

What has you turn your eyes away from Jesus and sink? Cast your cares and your self into the sea of faith. Jesus takes hold of your hand.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Up the mount to pray with You v. 23
“It is I: be not afraid.” v. 27
Walking on waters with You v. 30
Lord, You are the Son of God. v. 33

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This is the eleventh 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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