And yet, I'm still fighting the putrid side of my humanity. Almond tea, coconut muffins, and Marilynne Robinson's newest are helping some, as did the new Bible study at Church which started up last night ~ we are images of God, we have been redeemed in Jesus Christ, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we are the body of Christ (called to community), we are ambassadors of the King (called to mission), we are a royal priesthood (called to worship). Good stuff, right? The children of our Church are learning all of this in Sunday school, too. Our pastor copied a few excerpts from Recalling the Hope of Glory - the "Memory of the Center of Creation" chapter - for our perusal. The handout floored me, so I imagine the whole book is amazing. I read more theology in my early 20's than I do now, but lately, my theological interests have been piqued again. As Johnny says, everything is theological. I'll probably always gravitate to fiction, memoirs, and poetry more so, but as a word-lover, I'm rather enjoying diving into a bit of Greek and Hebrew here and there.
Speaking of our pastor (who rocks), he sent out an e-mail this morning alerting the Church that Morning Prayer will not be said tomorrow, thanks again to Ike. But knowing our troubled, vexed minds, he reminded us to "keep calm and carry on" in the best way by typing:
"Remember what is said of our Father,
'The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as King for ever.'
and our Brother,
'What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?'
May the Almighty and merciful Lord bless you and keep you."
Yes. Time for me to cool it and ignore Ike's tauntings. And be thankful for sweet-scented candles and a new candle-care kit. They might come in handy.
[like the (poor) morning light, our healing brown grass, and the random blue bucket?]