St. Luke's Lunch Bunch
(1:00 on Mondays via Zoom)
We thought it would be helpful to ease our way back into the discipline of reading and discussing. What we decided on was to read a poem every day. On Monday, we’ll read and share about Monday’s poem and any others that had an impact on us during the week. We’ll try this for a week or two and then decide. So, feel free to drop in any time as the discussion will be new every time.
Steve Garness-Holmes, a retired Methodist pastor, writes a poem a day, usually based on the lectionary. There is usually one of his poems in LITS so you might be a little familiar with him.
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As always, we meet from noon to 1:00 on Mondays via Zoom. Please contact Belinda (Belinda.firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive an invite.
From: Steve Garnaas-Holmes <email@example.com>
Date: October 2, 2023 at 6:04:41 AM EDT
To: Free LIst <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [unfoldinglight] — A confounding parable
Grace and Peace to you.
The reason I speak to them in parables is that
‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen,
nor do they understand.’
I rest the Bible in my lap.
Pick it up again, read again,
set the Bible down.
A moment. Then
I stumble through the parable
one more time.
This is not bad,
maybe even as it should be.
I go out into the woods.
I sit on an old stump and say,
“But what does this mean?”
and laugh at myself.
I sit longer, listening,
and then listening,
till at least I hear the air,
and something inside something
speaks silently to something
Is it any different when I listen
to a neighbor?
I am learning to repent of my certainty,
to simply be mindful
that I don't know,
to keep listening for what I haven't heard.
To receive what is offered
without compulsion to master it,
to grasp, to understand.
Just listen and wonder.
Let the silences speak to each other.
Listen to the audio recording.
October 2, 2023
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