Wednesday, February 9, 2022



Dear All of Us,

Life is glorious.

It's participation 

in the majestic mystery 

that is God.

Hold a newborn baby.

Get lifted by a desert sunset.

Fall wildly in love.

Share pasta and wine with friends

(making sure, of course, 

the linguini is al detente 

and the wine a robust red).

Get lost in the mystical

embrace of God.

Life is so glorious

when we take it 

as God gives it.

Of sad course, though,

that's too terribly often

not what happens and

then life becomes hideous.

Even though my Mother

taught me to never hate,

          I do hate.

I fiercely hate the hideous 

in me, in others, in our culture,

in what we sometimes 

do to each other and to nature.

It's a disfigurement

of God present and glorious.


Even as a kid I abhorred

the hideous.

On Halloween I would 

never wear a gross, hideous, 

or monster-like costume.

It had to be something 

good and positive - 

a cowboy, or a doctor, 

a clown (yes, even way back then!!),

a teacher, farmer or pastor.

Now as a growing up,

I delight in life ever more

as God gives it.

I see God gloriously present

in an unending panorama of 

people, places and ways. 

Ever so special is it 

to see that in us.  


  Full Bodied

in our diversity,

we actually are the very

   The Body of Christ

We have God's Word on it

  1 Corinthians 12:27

      "Now you are Christ's Body, 

       and individually members of it."

Yes, how glorious when we take it 

as God gives it.

It sure is participation in the 

majestic mystery that is God.

These days,

so often more like 

deep dark nights,

do we ever need to be 

who we are,

and does our world ever 

need us to be 

who we are,

   The Body of Christ

We are privileged to presence God

to each other and to a hurting world.

That's so necessary right now.

These days a lot of God's glorious life 

is grievously, hideously disfigured. 

        Truth is trashed.

The Republican National Committee

last week went on record stating 

that the January 6th.attack 

on the Capital and the 

democratic process was

a" legitimate public discourse."

            Oh, no!

It was a mob effort at insurrection.

The democratic mayor here in DC

repeatedly lauds the 

public school system 

as vibrant and effective when 

in fact it is in disarray and chaos

with staff outpacing each other 

heading for the doors.

        Big Bold Bad Lies!

What a hideous disfigurements of 

        God given Truth.

Millions upon millions worldwide

live in horrid squalor and poverty 

while people like

Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg,

and too many others,

corner and hoard billions 

upon billions of dollars 

they can't even spend.

Adding pain to pain,

so many in our society are 

so used to this hideous horror 

that disfigures God's life 

in his children 

that they think it is laudable. 


There's a too familiar 

and a too long list

of the hideous just now

in politics, the church, governance,

commerce, social injustices 

and their denials, culture wars,

raping of nature and 

and so sorry sad more.  

Dark indeed.

As The Body of Christ 

we get to shine God's light 

in that dark.

We get to touch the disfigured 

and be channels of God's 

healing refreshment and vitality.

We don't do it alone 

because we aren't alone.

We are one unified people,

       Full Bodied

just as a body is a unified whole

in all its wonderful diversity.

We've all got a part to play,

just like the various parts 

of a physical body do 

in their diversified unity.

   "God's various gifts are 

    handed out everywhere

    but they originate 

    in God's Spirit. 

    God's various expressions 

    of power are

    in action everywhere. 

    Each person is given something 

    to do that shows who God is: 

    Everyone gets in on it, 

    everyone benefits.

    All kinds of things 

    are handed out

    by the Spirit, and to 

    all kinds of people! 

    The variety is wonderful..."

      1 Corinthians 12: 4-7

          The Message 


Some of us have a gift 

for public service - 

we can run for mayor, 

serve in the legislature,

on local boards and agencies.

Some of us have 

money and means 

way beyond the needs 

of a modest, Gospel level lifestyle 

and can direct them 

strategically and liberally - 

tipping the Instacart deliverer $25 

(and in cash at our door

to make sure they get it),

funding a college education 

for an impoverished young person,

subsidizing an After School Program,

sending $200 a month 

to Catholic Relief, UMCOR

Some of us can host 

regular dinner parties

bringing together folks 

shaded red and blue

setting aside divides,

swapping stories,

sharing remanences,

singing, playing cards, 

enjoying each other's families

and facilitating a 

holy communion 

of differences.

Others of us can mentor 

youth and young adults

in their spiritual, academic 

and career pursuits.

If we have the gift 

we can be scout leaders,

coaches, we can lead 

discussion groups 

at the local library, 

organize and lead neighborhood, 

ecumenical or inter-faith groups.

We can adopt a lonely senior adult

welcoming them for dinner 

and to our family gatherings.

We can model and invite others 

into a simple,

expansively shared lifestyle,

eschewing the media and merchant

perversion of a lavish, self-indulgent one.

We all can hold in God's love

family, neighbors, the church, 

world issues and leaders,

the down and out.

Each in our way and place

can share who we are 

and what we have

just as the various parts 

of a body cooperate

and complement each other 

for the life, health

and function of the body

and what the body can do

as a corporate, unified whole.

       Full Bodied

God was present and incarnate

in Jesus of Nazareth long ago.

It was a dirty, dark, rotten world then.

That didn't slow Jesus down at all.

Jesus was The Light of the World

then and is so now.

In this Now and Here

God wants to be present

and incarnate in and through us,

offering the light hope and help

for our dear, darkened world.

Front office folks in Washington, 

Moscow, Beijing, Wall Street, 

corporate and media centers, 

denominational headquarters

don't seem to get it at all well, 

if at all. 

       But we

The Body of Christ 

give it where we are, 

     as we are.

We rejoice that 

life is glorious

and we take it 

as God gives it.

We don't get stopped 

by the hideous disfigurements

of God's presence in our world.

      We be and do as 

we are gifted and able

    The Body of Christ

in our diversity wonderfully 



Thanks for the chance to share.

         John Frank


    Here's embracive 

      and delighted


     to one and many.

What a blessing to regularly 

        have such a 

        Full Bodied 

participation from Indonesia.

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