Wednesday, June 12, 2024

MIRACLE


Dear All of Us,

Words come easy for me

(Often too darn many, 

       though )

Not so numbers.

I totally dumb out.

Don't know 

what you're 

talking about,

  EXCEPT FOR RATIOS.

  Them I figure fine.

  Example:

      The faster we go

       the more we miss

       as we go.

.

That factors for miracles.

Miracles are God 

on the job for us.

They're all over the place.

Yet, hell bent on 

achievement, success, 

schedule, destination, 

distraction, fixation,

hurry, profit,

possessions, position,

recognition, results,

Mad-Hatter-Much

we zip right on by and

miss most miracles.


Augustine, genius and

sinner become saint, 

saw-said it like this:

 "We take for granted 

  the slow miracle 

  whereby water 

  in the irrigation 

  of a vineyard 

  becomes wine. 

  It is only when Christ 

  turns water into wine

  in a quick motion, 

  (Wedding at Cana)

  as it were, 

  that we stand

     amazed."


       YES

        to

       both


I was instantly 

amazed and grateful

when a speeding car flipped

and came at me upside down

with only inches to spare, 

inches that spared my life.

Amazing miracle noticed so

for sure! 


It took me years, though, 

to slowly 

Soul See

my conception 

and the nine months 

and billions of cells

it took

becoming me

as the 

   Slow Miracle 

it was.

Almost missed

the amazement 

of that 

slow motion 

miracle me.


     It seems 

most miracles are

   Slow Miracles.

       As we 

    Slow Soul It,

      we get it

    and is it ever 

        WOW!


More than less, 

though, 

our culture

hassle-hurries us

- fast food, 

  quick solutions, 

  internet instant 

  everything,

  Amazon deliveries 

  seeming to arrive 

  before we finish 

  the order.

Pretty crazy.

Fast forward 

     that

blurs and dulls,

missing miracles,

missing God 

on the job for us.


      Imagine 

           a 

Beethoven symphony

played ten time faster 

than scored.

Beauty marred, 

cacophony, 

a dozy of

a headache.

    Slow Miracle 

        missed.


Sure, there are times 

when we really need 

to get a move on

- finishing a delayed

  term paper or tax filing, 

  EMT's in response,

  getting the bride 

  to the church on time,

  taking the barbeque 

  off the grill 

  when it is just right.


Most of the time, 

though,

we need to 

   Soul Slow It

to be in on 

all the miracles 

taking their time 

being God's

   WOW!

things like:

-keeping company 

with a seed 

miracle maturing 

to intricate full flower,

-watching the clouds 

slow dance with God,

-blending into a Van Gogh,

-instep with God 

 on the Appalachian Trail,

-savoring a simple supper, 

-holding a sleeping baby,

-carefully crafting a 

 product/program at work,

-slow soul scrolling scripture,

-watching a wheatfield 

wave hello,

-teaching a child 

to play checkers,

-taking five at home 

to see how wonderful it is

to have a place to live,

-listening as sea and shore

 do a duet,

-sensing the mountains' 

 muscled might and majesty,

-sitting on the porch with God 

 when neither of us have

 anything else but each other.   


We hurry up and slow down 

          because

   so often, so much 

              is

           SLOW

         MIRACLE

          ******


"There are only 

 two ways 

 to live your life. 

 One is as though 

 nothing is a miracle.

 The other is as though 

 everything is a miracle."

    Albert Einstein


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A special welcome to 

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           God Gifts.

 Most take time to unwrap.


     Looking forward to 

our gathering here next week.

          Love to all.

          God Bless,

          John Frank  

           ******



      









Wednesday, June 5, 2024

WHOLLY COME UNION

     

     Dear All of Us,

Church is a great place 

            for

WHOLLY COME UNION 

         So are 

          bed, 

     dinner table, 

          pub,

     flower shop, 

   poetry reading,

     Habit For 

     Humanity,

     jam session,

     book club,

     Baltimore Orioles' 

     home games,

     home alone,

     dinner party,

     justice advocacy,

     country meadow.

I can vouch for all except a

Baltimore Orioles' home game.

My dear, late friend John Lindburg

vigorously vouched for that 

more than many times, though! 

      Each and all a

 WHOLLY COME UNION


 I joyously experienced such

      this past weekend. 


Friday last

four of us shared 

a sacred simple

HOLY COMMUNION,

         a

WHOLLY COME 

     UNION

- my wife,

  my daughter,

  my dear friend, 

  my me.

It was the 

fifty fifth

anniversary

  of my 

ordination.

At the altar of

our dining room table

elements of wine,

cheese and crackers

were overspread

with dear, deep mutuality.

They and we

love consecrated. 


Saturday it was 

free ranging

across the 

rolling wonder of

northwest most Virginia,

my dear friend

at the wheel, 

taking this old boy out

for a day in the 

countryside

I so love - 

forest, field, farm,

virgin verdant fresh.

Slow narrow 

winding ways

widening sight, 

delight and soul.

Lunch at the

Butcher and Bottle

in tiny Marshall.

Gentle pairing with a

shy couple 

seated table next.

Sacred Still Stay

and Sext

at remote 

Holy Cross Abbey.

Home for Chinese takeout.

My dear friend and I

slow savored in soul share,

fatigue and wine freed for 

confession of sin and grace.

    Holy Communing

WHOLLY COME UNION


Friend, family

church family,

fellowship fused

Holy Communion

     Sunday


Every day and always can be 

   WHOLLY COME UNION 

        "God is Love."

          1 John 4:8

               So

     Anyone, Anything, 

    Anywhere, Anytime, 

 Love Soaked and Shared 

               is  

   HOLY COMMUNION

               is

 Communing in the Whole 

            that is 

          God Love

         

          God is not 

    communion confined 

 to bread and wine at church.

           God Love

              is the

        Real Presence

               in

         love making,

         lovely music 

         and all the arts,

         a lovely time 

         with family

         and friends,

         love fused 

         and active 

         justice seeking,

         lovely wine 

         and dining

         enjoyed modest

         economy class,

         loving a 

         repugnant person,

         loving children to life,

         loving on 

            turbulent tweens,

            weary, wilting elders, 

            and all inbetweens.

         loving to touch 

         and be touched 

                by 

           God Love 

                in 

       nature, research, 

       creativity, cooking, 

      singing, organizing,  

      reading, visiting, 

      sharing,

           me writing this 

                 and 

         you reading this -

                well

           it is limitless 

                and 

        we can be as well.


            Communion 

          incorporates to 

              Oneness.

          anyone, anything, 

              anywhere

             Love Soaked  

             Love Sharing

                    is 

        precisely and actually

        the time, place, way,

               presence

    God offers to incorporate us 

                   to 

             deeper, fuller 

             more realized

              ONENESS

            That means 

          everything good 

           is an element 

                 for

           consecration 

    bread and wine for sure,

         and just as sure 

       a tomato sandwich

          driving the car

           making love

   (preferably not in the car)

        making silly puns

          learning Latin

           babysitting

      watching Jeopardy

    kibitzing with a friend

    immersion in scripture

    immersion in creation care 

    immersion in prayer

    gathering to be church

    doing our day job well

          All EVERY

       LOVE SOAKED

       LOVE SHARING

          

      You know what? 

We don't have to wait for 

  some shrine or service

              for 

   HOLY COMMUNION


     We are being 

       created, 

       generated, 

       by God for God,

       by Love for Love.

          Our living,

        every bit of it, 

        every moment, 

        every motion of it

   is God wanting to be God 

     in us, with us, for us  

          God wanting 

     to make Love with us,

     the Love that is God

          here, there,

    everywhere, everyway

           always a 

     go for never broke

  WHOLLY COME UNION

          ******


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  Love to all.

  God Bless,

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

LISTEN

 

 Dear All of Us,

  This week 

  let's give a 

     LISTEN

         to

Meister Eckhart,

one of the greatest 

minds and mystics

in all of Christendom.

He soul jolts.


He's always been 

a bit much, though, 

for the lads in 

the front office at

Church Establishment Inc.

His supersonic jets zoom at

forty-five thousand feet 

to their Piper Cubs 

putzing along at 

five thousand.

They can't keep up

with him.

Ain't it too often so?


That crowd are 

the same flashlights 

that tried to dim out 

the beacons brilliant

- Copernicus, Galileo, Chardin,

   democracy, evolution, 

   and their many cousins 

   positive charged.

   Their miss is our find.


Meister Eckart helps us 

find our way to simple, pure

"spirituality for the street."

For all his lofty erudition

           and 

     mystical union

he says it simple full,

soul to soul: 

     "God only asks that you 

      get out of the way and 

      let God be God in you."


               WOW!

             "Take ten."

         "Take ten tens!"

 That's more than a mouthful.

           That's soulful.


Way too many-much,

        though, 

we tell ourselves and

    others tell us 

different dangerous.

        Our Ego 

 rigged out in pride

           and 

     reeking of it.

  Some sometimes:

       Parents

       Coaches

       Teachers

       Social circle

       Religious leaders

       Cultural expectations

       Spiritual directors

       Media moguls

       Advertisers

       Philosophers

       Self Help gurus

       Churchy sorts

       Friends and family 

               and

       Long leagues more.


We/They play God.

We/They insist 

we be different 

than we really are,

different than 

God wants to be 

in and through us.

We become 

      misfits 

in our own 

       skin 

       soul

      and in

   Realm Real:

      twitchy

      shallow

      merked up mad

      compromised

      restricted

      off center

      deluded

      doubting

      duped 

      pseudo someone

      God denied direction.

"Not nice!"


God doesn't get 

to shine through us.

We 're off the grid and 

operating on cheap, 

short-lived,

low power batteries.

We don't glow.

We don't go.

Others are shorted out

on how God wants 

to transmit transforming

      Divine Voltage

         to them

       through us.

      It's all rather 

  devilish and delusional.


Again and again, 

fuller and deeper

we do well to 

          LISTEN 

             as 

           Jesus 

      tells us true:

    "I am the vine, 

         you are 

     the branches."

            God 

             is 

        the energy 

          the life

   that surges us into

 being and fruitfulness,

yes, God's very own!.

       We are not 

       self-sourced,

       self-sustaining,

       self-producing.

       It's infinitely better when

       God is being God in us. 


When we fuss and foul that up 

it's like a branch of the vine 

pretending to be

a chicken hatching eggs.

           Crazy

      No God Good


God is

    Passionate Love 

that wants 

to be us,

to be as Augustine says, 

more intimate to us 

than we are to ourselves.

to flourish in us, 

to enrich through us.

God wants to be unique in us,

make us one of a kind,

to do what/where 

only we can as

friend, lover, teacher, parent, 

scientist, line worker, pastor, 

artist, public servant, leader,

programmer, musician, roofer, cook, 

salesperson, social worker, therapist and...

And to be and do that as our body type,

personality, temperament, sexual state, 

coloration, ethnicity, social status, location,

spiritual type, religion, and...


            So, let's 

          Soul Search

             a bit.

Do we really trust God 

to do a good job of 

           creating us

                and 

           uniquely so, 

radiating out that goodness

      - that GODNESS-

to further 

          Creation 

              in 

             us   

   our neighborhood,

   our zone,

   our time and place?

Such a trust is called

            FAITH


Or do we falter because 

our ego and/or the crowd 

around where we live

play God and demand a 

      DIFFERENT US


How scared or secure are we 

about being unique?

Example:

I'm an off the chart,

(ok, off the wall)

sociable introvert.

Society's Classified Ads

don't call for such at all.

Sociable ok, no way introvert.

People puzzle, even diss,

"How can you be such a live wire,

outgoing, enthusiastic,  

leader, preacher, teacher 

and then head for 

your cloister of quiet alone?"

Well, the key is

       "THEO"

        (GOD)

as in enthusiastic

  to share God 

  to be quiet in God.

That's the way 

God wants to be God in me.

It took a lot of grace 

to come up with the courage 

to be so when I was a boy,

and ever since  -

both recognized 

and shunned for it,

accepted and excluded for it.

Been like that all my life.

    Sociable Introvert

Not many of us 

out on the street.

God loves me just so.

I accept the love jut so.

I'm on the street God in me.

I'm cloistered God in me.

At times it's pretty lonely,

but then nothing beats 

letting God 

be this way

on the street.

in the cloister.


Wherever we are, 

however we are,

God wants to be 

   US THERE

       and

     UNIQUE


"God only asks that 

you get out of the way 

and let Go be God in you."


God speaks us.

May we 

     LISTEN   

     ******


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However God is in you,

          WELCOME 

       It's so Soul Rich

    to be together here.

                


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As a kid I was a paperboy,

The Newark Evening News.

That was back in 1951-3.

Had fifty or so customers

and you know, 

I actually was happy 

to get the news to them.


I would like to ask you 

to do some such where you live.

This week would you deliver 

       

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to five or so family, friends,

folks at church, colleagues?

If you can, please share that 

you find some value here 

each week

  - well most weeks anyway - 

and you are inviting them 

to try it out.


Your referral, 

and for fellow the introverts 

       "courage,"

would be a big help 

and much appreciated.

            Thanks!

            ******


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Praying that we all 

     "LISTEN UP"

      Love to all,

     John Frank

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

HIDE AND SEEK


Dear All of Us,

It happens to us all.

We can't find it 

and it's important

 - the car keys (OK, "fob"),

 - documentation for 

    a tax audit,

 - our credit card,

 - grandma's recipe for

   the world's best ever

   chocolate cake. 

Sometimes we look in 

the wrong place 

for the right thing.

It's frustrating in its futility.

No matter how hard and 

persistently we go at it, 

      It's a No Go!


So our spiritual lives.

Too much, too long, 

too many have looked 

in the wrong place for God.

It's frustrating in its futility.

It's the misbegotten 

spirituality of

    Hide and Seek

seeking God hidden 

somewhere God isn't

and we can't find or be.


God is the Immediacy of Here.

             "I AM"

God is the "IS" of all that is.

God is ex-"IS"- tence itself.

God "IS" within and about

us and all that

                 "IS"

           So how do we  

              Soul Forth

                   to

               Find God,

                better

          Find Ourselves 

               In God?

                 

             It's a Go

when we energetically relax.

We free fall into what is, as is.

We don't have to find or fuel it.

It's already here and perking.

We lighten up to be powered up.

We don't produce existence.

We participate in existence.

We vigorously accept

the surge of 

             Existence

             Reality

             Being

             Actuality

and let it pulse and power us.

That Energy of Existence

              cascades

              into us

              through us

              out of us

        meets and merges 

        with unending more

             all about us

It's simply divine.

We call it 

   God.

God is an active verb

more than a set noun.

God means 

infinitely more 

and different than 

the God of 

Standardized Religion

hidden out there 

who knows where. 

We can't figure 

The Energy of Existence

all that much all at once.

We sure as heaven 

can experience it as it

    Moments Now.


Part of the fun is 

the active mystery of it all.

We're like a kid 

on a rollercoaster.

We really don't know 

too much about

how it's put together 

or powered 

     but

 IT'S A GO 

    AND

  WE GO 

 WITH IT

go up steep slow 

go down sheer fast

go curve and swerve


Such so it is with 

the up, down, 

curve and swerve

as we go/grow 

in Ex -"iS" -  tence.

We energetically relax 

into what "IS"

into as "IS"

into Good

into God.

We're 

  "All In,"

present to 

the presenting

of God Good:

holding a baby,

riding the bus,

heavy lifting,

negotiating 

a business transaction,

having the relatives over,

soaking in scripture,

doing the laundry,

closing the apartment door 

           quietly,

baby-sitting a grandchild,

deep in contemplation,

patient with our best pest,

playing the violin,

gardening,

sharing a communion,

listening to the brook babble,

going out for dinner,

texting a friend.


If we are the head sort,

we ponder, study, consider,

as fully as we can.

We understand that 

what "IS" is endless

and we have forever with it 

          It's a Go

and do we ever and forever!


Yes, we openly accept God as 

        God Presents

in this moment, place and way.

Accepting, 

we respond

as we can 

with awe and joy

fully participating

in the presencing.

We sing the song.

We bake the cake.

We fold into 

deepest contemplation.

We drive the car.

We savor the wine.

We hug-a-love.

We straighten out the garage.


The Divine Dynamic

flows through us.

  Not a trace of

 Hide and Seek

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We lovingly remember the living

who will be dead if we war more.

        "Peace I leave you.

         My peace I give you."

                 Jesus

                Takers?

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

WIND WAY


           Hello!

Just want to mention 

            that

this posting is a sequel 

to last week's posting,

BACK TO THE FUTURE.


The latter is available 

by scrolling down 

below this one .


Both champion 

radical renewal 

     of the

    Church

 Pray it be so.

    ******



Dear All of Us,

OK everybody, 

Hold on to your hats.

We're heading into 

really whipped up winds.

Catching them just right

fills our sails,

fierce forths us

fast and far,

right and real.

   WIND WAY

      is the 

Soul Way Of Now.

  

     Wind 

     as in

(L) "spĂ­ritus"

  "the wind"

Ready or not, 

     this is

   The Age 

       of

  The Holy 

  "Spiritus"

  WIND WAY


What a soul stir!

The waves roil and rock

"nice", easy, comfy, 

casual, cultural,

tribal, Christianity. 

Such religion 

is getting swamped,

going under, 

sinking away.


Simple, small, sleek  

Spirit Schooners

skim the waves, 

sails catching the

  WIND WAY

These are 

small communities

closely bonded. 

They are not busy 

with buildings, budgets, 

programs, policies,

doctrines and dogmas,

entertainments in

ministry and worship.

Their leadership 

are not career clergy.

These small communities 

         qualify as

     "The Gathered"

        (L) ecclesia

          "church"

   Warts and all they are 

       "In-Spirited"

   Like the early church, 

          they are

  "Followers of the Way",

the way of Jesus the Christ.

        

        New Now

     small churches

in their place and way 

practically, actually 

give a good go at 

living the Gospel 

  - ALL Of IT -

more and more fully,

with a sweaty sweet 

earnest realness:

    The Beatitudes,

    The Sermon on the Mount,

    Full-fledged discipleship,

    Real Kingdom Residency,

    Daily dying and rising in Christ,

    Justice seeking,

    Caring, sharing for the needy,

    Living Gospel

    not striped of Spirit,

    but vigorously propelled

       WIND WAY

     

In one fashion or another 

they have had a Pentecost.

It shook them up.

It fired them up.

It freed them up.

No easy membership.

        Rather,

 Course Corrective 

      COVERSION


Individually and together

they experience 

Spirit Stirring.

They are

Spirit Sprung,

spiritually enlivened.

  That's a Wind Fall.

  That's a Wind Full.


        Living 

     WIND WAY

    sets sails in

simplicity 

      of spirit

      of lifestyle,

full blown

      community 

      commitment,

possessing 

      no more 

      than needed,

sharing 

       freely

       liberally

       exhaustively

Prayer

        personal 

        communal 

        deep 

        frequent

communion in 

        sacrament

        scripture,

        service

        sacrifice

justice 

        seeking 

        supporting

caring and sharing

         within

         beyond

souls

        Spirit Sought

        Spirit Seeking

        Spirit Springing


It's critical 

we find such a 

  Ship of Soul


One way of 

moving clear of 

fogged in, 

grounded,

stuck still church

could be to have

clusters of 

small communities 

under the guidance

of a spiritually seasoned 

 (G) "Episkopoi"

        Overseer

as the Early Church did.

Existing parishes could 

        reform 

sense and structures

           as

     Cooperative 

     Communities

            IF

        ONLY IF

   they first have a 

       Pentecost

 a spiritual shake up

 a spiritual stir up.

         If not,  

   we found one.


    Pentecost Sunday 

    means more than 

      liturgical red.

    Pentecost Sunday

   is now an everyday  

        WIND WAY 

          of life


Thank God for 

      this retrofitting,

      this redirection

      this burst of 

          Spirit

      this setting sail

        WIND WAY

         ******


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"Ecce quam bonum..."

        "Behold, 

how good and pleasant

       it is when 

brothers and sisters 

    live together in

         unity."

       Ps.133:1

    A WIND WAY 

      WELCOME

   to all joining in 

  for the first time 

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      Clear sailing in

        THE WAY OF

        THE WIND


    See you next week.

        Love to all,

       John Frank

        ******