Food for Thought: February 2 – The Presentation of the Lord

In the midst of the liturgical progression from Epiphany to Lent, tradition calls the church back to the mundane details of Jesus’ infancy. Luke’s Chapter 2 fills in the story from birth to circumcision to presentation as the first-born son to the coming-of-age of a gifted religious leader anointed by God. In The First Christmas (HarperOne, 2007), Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan suggest that Luke’s purpose was to set up the birth of the Jewish Messiah as a counter to the birth of the Roman Caesar – also hailed as the “Savior, Redeemer, Son of God.” The scene in the temple in Jerusalem confirms the child Jesus as the expected one who would redeem Israel from bondage to imperial injustice and oppression.

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Within Our Life We Have Two Homes

Within our life we have two homes,
Known in our minds, and in our bones.
To one who often will return.
For one our spirits ever yearn.
For one our spirits ever yearn.

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The Time Piece

An hourglass stands firmly on the mantle of a fireplace
“Sands of time” are resting quietly at the glass bottom

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One Breath

One breath; one breath at time,
a breath-on-breath is all we get:
and you cannot take it with you

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Søren Kierkegaard on Prayer

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ Søren Kierkegaard

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Joseph Campbell on the Meaning of Life

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” ~ Joseph Campbell

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Meister Eckhart on God

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”

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Rev Gretta Vosper on Progressive Christianity

Once an idea has been embraced by the larger community, it settles into the realm of the status quo. No longer representing cutting edge thought about the particular issue it addressed, it becomes accepted as the norm.

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To Our Winters

From the Boundless Life collection

To our winters Jesus brings
Light and warmth and dancing,
Melting frozen lives and hearts,
Freeing and enhancing.

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New Day

Creator of conception, designer of formation, develop my day for your realization.

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New Year

As we start this New Year we acknowledge the potential for new beginnings – the field of unlimited possibilities.

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Prayer for New Beginnings

Step into the dawn.
Cut the cord.

Pull the plug.

Break the chains

that tie and bind.

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