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Along the Way

Dear Kindred in the Spirit,

In one of the books I’m reading as part of our worship series on “The Way,” comes this quote by John O’Donohue:

At the heart, the journey of each life is a pilgrimage,
through unforeseen sacred places
that enlarge and enrich the soul.

One of those unforeseen sacred places for me is scripture which surprises me with insight and relevance in varied points along my journey. Several circumstances this week have reminded me of previous journeys I’ve taken through Biblical texts: the parable of the vineyard owner and the workers, the woman at the well who Jesus conversed with though society deemed her unworthy, Jesus’ invitation to the one who is healed to return to his life and be a disciple in his hometown.

This Sunday, “The Way” series takes us on the “high way” named in Isaiah 55 but that means we won’t get to the compelling parable from the gospel of Luke 13 about the fig tree. Try reading it several times and imagine yourself a character in the story noting what you see, feel, taste, smell, and touch is the story. Then switch characters and try again, and again, and again. Even try becoming the non-human parts of the story — the fig tree, the spade, perhaps even the manure. Imagine what role the church might play in the story.

Then Jesus told them a story: “A man had an fig tree planted in his yard. He came to it expecting to find figs, but there weren’t any. He said to his gardener, ‘What’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting fruit and not one fig have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?’
“The gardener said, ‘Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn’t, then chop it down.’” –adapted from The Message

Let me know what you discover.
shalom,
revkelly

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