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Monday, September 19, 2005

Sometimes You Get the Bullhorn...

Today I opened up Glimpses of Grace by Madeline L'Engle and received an encapsulation... a bringing together all the pieces of bread I have been picking up for awhile, from Dave's sermon yesterday... from blogland... from a friend telling me how our cells work...

So this message is the Bullhorn... the "got it?" in my ear... just being REALLY clear, like Matt's story today about Tom's apartment, sometimes you have days where the bread crumbs lead to an obvious point. (The tracks lead to great destinations, thanks Jan!)

Here's the quote from Madeline:

"In a recent article on astrophysics I came across the beautiful and imaginative concept known as 'the butterfly effect.' If a butterfly winging over the fields around Crosswicks should be hurt, the effect would be felt in galaxies thousands of light years away. (How?? I want to understand!!) The interrelationship of all of Creation is sensitive in a way we are just beginning to understand. If a butterfly is hurt, we are hurt. If the bell tolls, it tolls for us. We can no longer even think of saying, 'In the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.' No wonder Jesus could say that not one sparrow could fall to the ground without the Father's knowledge.

Dr. Paul Brand points out that every cell in the body has its own specific job, in interdependence with every other cell. The only cells which insist on being independent and autonomous are cencer cells.

Surely that should be a lesson to us in the churches. Separation from each other, and from the rest of the world is not only disaster for us, but for everybody from whom we separate ourselves. We must be very careful lest in insisting on our independence we become malignant.

If we take the whole sweep of the story, rather than isolating passages out of context, this is the message of Scripture."

This is one place God is working in me, I am noticing. I am being rooted, re-encapsulated into the Body... the whole.

I realized as I typed this quote that I am think and imagine our little five-some family as a body... that if one of us is not doing its job, the whole family suffers and we live diminished... I have also been praying for our whole little family, not myself, lately... I can not separate myself from my husband and kids anymore... I am not focusing in on me and my view so much... this is reaching/growing/exploring (making tracks!!) to my extended family and (little feelers quivering to wonder/explore) is beginning to extend to Body of Christ (thanks in a big part to blogging) and beyond. "To Infinity and Beyond". -- Buzz Lightyear (Are we bloggers becoming childlike!!??? Hopefully!)


At 10:27 AM, Blogger Tonya said...

This interconnectedness, is this somehow God's redeeming at work? Restoring His Body, pulling us back toward interdependence and creating new synergy in that place?

I think of so many blog stories of late...the hand of God bringing together...over and over and over. What is He doing as we each listen and move?

Separately...together. Spirit we invite you, continue to reveal your work to us and in us.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger H. Jane said...

Great quote. There is a difference between boundaries and barricades.


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