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Sickle

28 Jul

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 10 After Pentecost 28 July 2013
Sickle
“Name him Jezreel.” (Hosea 1:4)
Ok, Lord, and what do You want me to do with this information?
My NIV notes say two meanings for Jezreel:
1. “God scatters” (Hosea 1:4, p 1315)
2. “God plants” (Hosea 2:22, p 1317)
This happened to You, Jesus, so it is also happening to us, Your followers.
The Shepherd Struck, the Sheep Scattered
Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is close to me!”
declares the LORD Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the little ones. [Isa 34:5; Jer 47:6; Isa 40:11; Isa 53:4; Ez 37:24; 2 Sam 17:2; Mt 26:31; Mk 14:27]
8 In the whole land,” declares the LORD,
“two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
yet one-third will be left in it. [Ez 5:2-4, 12; Zec 14:2]
9 This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” [Isa 4:4; 33:14; Mal 3:2; Ps 12:6; Dan 11:35; 1 Pe 1:6-7; Job 6:29; Jer 6:27; Ps 50:15; Ps 105:1; Ps 86:7; Isa 30:19; Zec 10:6; Lev 26:12; Jer 30:22; Isa 44:5; Jer 29:12; Ez 20:38;]
Excuse me, Lord, I thought You did that.
Hosea 1:4 And the LORD said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
Lord, kingdoms here on earth are violent places. We need Your Kingdom. Here. Now. The house itself will remain standing when its foundation is upon You. (Heb 6:1)
Hosea 1:5 “On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”
The bow of violence will be broken when we come with repentant hearts of compassion toward each other by doing what You’ve told us to do. Revelation 3:1-6 has been fulfilled by the choices which the archetypal Church in Sardis made. Lord, break the bow of hypocrisy.
Hosea 1:6 She [Gomer] conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the LORD said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them.
Lord, what do You mean? What are You saying? Are You addressing the Church-as-Institution? In Hosea 2:23 You end up showing pity/compassion and You do forgive
Hosea 2:23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;
and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
But that is in Hosea Chapter 2 and right now the Church-as-Institution with the lectionary lessons is in Hosea Chapter 1.
Hosea 1:7 But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the LORD their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by horsemen.”
Yes, Lord, You save by the power of Your Spirit. [Zech 4:6; Acts 10:38, 1 Th 1:5, 2 Ti 1:7]
We have seen this kind of power of Your Spirit among the Church-as-Bride, ie the “House of Judah.” God be praised! Bless You, Holy Spirit!
Hosea 1:8 When she [Gomer] had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
Well, Lord, the Church has also been “weaned,” and she, too, bore a “son.” (Rev 12:5)
Hosea 1:9 Then the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.”
Huh?
Oh! You mean today’s fragmented Church! I “get” it now. That took awhile to sink in.
Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.”
Lord, that’s beautiful!
In Zechariah You say that two-thirds are “struck down and perish” yet one third (like Judah? (Hos 1:7)) will be left. (Zech 13:8) I see “struck down and perish” as meaning confrontation and the repentance journey. (Col 2:15) And You did bring this up in this week’s lectionary readings.
Genesis 18:20 Then the LORD said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin!
Regarding the outcry, Lord, You did say the same thing through Johnny Enlow on 10 July 2013:
“I love all your prayers that have come up to Me and now I need you to go beyond the prayers and allow Me to invade every structure, sphere and mountain. Everywhere the soles of your feet will go Monday through Friday – I am ready to make Kingdom territory.”
And You said,
Genesis 18:21 I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.”
Well? My prayer remains the same: that we would be Jesus with skin on for each other. We will know, everyone will know, what we believe by our actions. I can only do so much. Lord, I’m Your “help meet” just like Eve was to Adam. (Gen 2:18 KJV) I’m here to support You. (Hosea 2:16) You are my Husband. You said,
Hosea 2:16 16 “In that day,” declares the LORD,
“you will call me ‘my husband’;
you will no longer call me ‘my master.’
Lord, You said that You would respond:
Hosea 2:21 “In that day I will respond,”
declares the LORD—
“I will respond to the skies,
and they will respond to the earth;
22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
the new wine and the olive oil,
and they will respond to Jezreel.
23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;
and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
Aren’t You talking about the incarnate life?
Colossians 2:9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

2:10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.
It is a simple truth that hope will be strengthened and restored when we follow through and put our faith in action, and not just preach it. Faith in action heals the spirit of hypocrisy. And the Spirit of Jesus Incarnate dwells in us (Rev 21:3)
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
We are children of Light. You call us “Children of the Living God.” (Hosea 1:10) Who can remain untouched or unmoved in the light of Your grace and invitation?
But frankly, Lord, how would I know when I still have no sanctuary?
Lord, teach me to pray! (Luke 11:1)
“Father, hallowed be Your name.” (v 2)
I sit with that. I anchor, allowing my soul to settle, to soak down into absorbing Your very Presence. Relax, o my soul. Breathe…
Rest…
Holy are You, God…
“Your kingdom come.” (v 2)
Amen! We welcome You! Expand our hearts to receive You. Anchor us so that we can hear You and feel Your Presence.
“Give us each day our daily bread.” (v 3)
Help us to see the sacred ordinary in this divine partnership we have with You. Connect us to our hearts of gratitude. Anchor us in Contentment despite what our physical eyes see, and the assaulting energies that we feel. Enwrap us in You in Your holy hug and fill us with Yourself.
“Forgive us our sins…” (v 4)
Breathe… Release…
“Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.” (v 4)
“Forgive everyone indebted to us.” (v 4)
“Indebted to us…”
“Indebted…”
Lord, we cannot repay mercy and grace, but we can pass along to others the mercy and grace which we have received from You. Help us to appreciate and acknowledge what You have first given us. (Mt 10:8)
Help us to walk in each other’s shoes in compassion.
“And do not bring us to the time of trial.” (Luke 11:4)
Lord, You have given each one of us spiritual gifts to help us through the trials which, in truth, we really do come up against. So, I guess “Time of Trial” is relative. The work of Your Holy Spirit is Your greatest Gift. We are the packages holding, sharing, (and acknowledging … [cough, eh hem!] …) the Gift within each other. Lord, help us to share of these gifts and through the sharing we are delivered from times of trial. Birth Your kingdom through our bowed heads, humbled hearts, open hands, and soft eyes. Help us to ask for what is on Your heart. (v 10)
Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Embolden us to do what You have told us to do, so that we may walk through the door You have already opened. Save us from our own stupidity of slamming the door in Your face. In our places of “Achor” [trouble], please smooth them out with Your peace and Anchor us in Yourself. (Hosea 2:15)
Hosea 2:15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will respond as in the days of her youth,
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
Lord, reverse the tides of evil and turn them for good in this spiritual valley of Jezreel, which we are in. (Hosea 1:5) Break the bow of strife, tension, disregard, contempt, and hypocrisy. Break the bow through faith-filled compassion in action. The sickle has already been swung over the whole earth.
Revelation 14:14I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
15Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
This passage has already been fulfilled.
Lord, we need an innocent child to stand up and say, “The Emperor has no clothes!” An innocent child does not have all the ego-baggage to contend with and to shed. We need an innocent child who will speak up and announce the obvious of what others see but are afraid to utter. We need an innocent child who will ask for a “fish” [sustenance]. (Lk 11:11) We need an innocent child who will ask for an “egg” [nurture]. (v 12) Lord, we need an innocent child to speak up and lead us (Isa 11:6), a child to break through our adult defense walls (Isa 58), so that we can begin to heal the Breach together. It can be repaired. Lord, send us the child. Open us to receive Your healing “Yes!”
Ps 138:2 I bow down toward Your holy temple [Your very Presence] and give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness; for You have exalted Your name and Your word above everything.
I am humbled, in awe, and grateful for Who You are, God.
Amen.

10 After Pentecost 28 July 2013 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
Hosea 1:2-10
1:2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”

1:3 So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

1:4 And the LORD said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.

1:5 On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

1:6 She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the LORD said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them.

1:7 But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the LORD their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by horsemen.”

1:8 When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.

1:9 Then the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.”

1:10 Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.”

Psalm 85
85:1 LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

85:2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah

85:3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.

85:4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.

85:5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?

85:6 Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?

85:7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.

85:8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

85:9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

85:10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

85:11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.

85:12 The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

85:13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

Genesis 18:20-32
18:20 Then the LORD said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin!

18:21 I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.”

18:22 So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the LORD.

18:23 Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

18:24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?

18:25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”

18:26 And the LORD said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.”

18:27 Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.

18:28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”

18:29 Again he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”

18:30 Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”

18:31 He said, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”

18:32 Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”

Psalm 138
138:1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;

138:2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.

138:3 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

138:4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

138:5 They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.

138:6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.

138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.

138:8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)
2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him,

2:7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.

2:9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

2:10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.

2:11 In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ;

2:12 when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

2:13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses,

2:14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.

2:15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

2:16 Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths.

2:17 These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

2:18 Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking,

2:19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.

Luke 11:1-13
11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

11:2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.

11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

11:5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;

11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’

11:7 And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

11:8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

11:9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

11:11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?

11:12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?

11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

“The Day”

21 Jul

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 9 After Pentecost 21 July 2013
The Day
Conversation with Jesus.
Jesus to me: “Kathryn, what do you see?”
And I said, “A basket of summer, ripe fruit.” (Amos 8:2)
Jesus quoted: “The end has come upon my people “Israel”; I will never again pass them by.” (v 2)
Me: “Whuddayamean? You’ve been talking about the Great Harvest for a very long time now.”
Jesus: “I know.”
Me: “I thought this “end” did not mean the End-end, but meant the Accountability-type “end”.”
Jesus: “It does.”
Me: “So when You say, “I will never again pass them by,” do You mean that You won’t keep overlooking transgressions? Are they ready? (ref Rom 13:11-12)
Jesus: “Yes.”
Jesus: “I have sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.” (Amos 8:7)
Me: “There are two distinct kinds of Pride: healthy pride that wears a crown of dignity, and then there is selfish pride that ruins everything and everyone in its path.”
Jesus: “True. It is for this very reason that deeds themselves are remembered.”
Me: “You remembered Abraham’s hospitality when You paid him a visit.” (Gen 18:3)
Jesus: “And I remembered Sarah’s laugh when I told Abraham that she would have a son in her old age. I heard her laugh even though she laughed to herself.” (v 12)
Me: “How beautiful that Abraham and Sarah remembered You and Your encounter with them when they named Isaac, which means ‘God has brought me laughter.’” (Gen 21:6)
Me: “How sad that the Lectionary Barons cut off the readings on Genesis 18:10 after You announce: “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son” (v 10 a), but they left off the rest of the verse where Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind You. (v 10 b) That’s so symbolic of our times! The Church-as-Institution cuts off half the message, even while the Church-as-Bride stands listening at the entrance to the Tent of the Tabernacle. The “son” which Your Spirit snatched up to God and to His throne (Rev 12:5) –ie, the Church-as-Institution—seems to have lost her sense of humor. Restore our laughter to us, Lord. Commission us into the Great Harvest with Your holy giggles. You promised You would raise up Michael, the great prince who protects Your people. (Daniel 12:1) We are ready to receive him. Michael upholds what is written in the Book of Truth. (Dan 10:21) I stand to support and protect him. (Dan 11:1) Jesus, You ARE Truth (Jn 14:6) and everything points back to You, because You are Head of Household. Michael guards and defends the Truth.”
Jesus: [Nod. Amiable silence…]
Me: “Lord?”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: “Are You saying that today marks the Beginning Day of the Great Harvest?”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: “I just had to confirm, because my blog site stats said I got one “hit” and one “like” on last week’s Reflection, so I only have Your Spirit to go by to know what’s going on. Gee, what was that You said about “For the sake of ten [righteous] I will not destroy it”?” (Gen 18:32) And that Old Testament passage is coming up next week in the lectionary readings! Lord, You did promise over a month ago that You would “command another man’s hands to come forth” and positions would be created. That promise was prophesied through Eileen Fisher on 14 June 13. So where are the hands? Come on, God! Keep Your promise!”
Amos 3:3 Can two people walk together
without agreeing to meet?
“How do I get sanctuary when the prophets cannot agree to meet? Even Daniel’s angel “only” got delayed twenty-one days by the prince of the Persian kingdom [pride].
Daniel 10: 20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia [Pride], and when I go, the prince of Greece [making thinking an idol] will come;
“We’ve already seen all this. We got philosophy from the Greeks. This is a good thing. We really do need to be thinkers and lovers of thought: Philos [= love] + Sophia [= wisdom] = Lovers of Wisdom. Humanity fell apart once we started to turn philosophy into an idol. And in our present Babylonian Age, we have become arrogant in idolizing philosophy and thought. For wholeness we must worship You, God, with all our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits. We’ve got to include the whole package, not just compartmentalized parts.
Daniel 10:21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth [gee, my Reflections blog is “Truth In Us”!]. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.)
“Lord, You did say that Michael will arise!”
The End Times
Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.
“So please make Michael arise!!”
Jesus: “I have already released the great angels. What I said through Johnny Enlow was true:”
“You [My people] must now arise and shine with a message and attitude of hope and faith. I am going to do something in your state – that should I tell it to you, you would not believe it. I am going to turn everything around. I am going to invade every mountain and sphere of your state and I am going ignite a turn around that will astound all. I have released the great angels already.
“I will work with My children who will choose to see Me and what I am doing as opposed to what the enemy is doing. The religious anxiety and sobriety you have felt is not Me, and I ask you to step out of it. I will now arise upon My Josephs and My Josephines. I am inviting all of you and even demanding of all who are Mine to leave behind despair Christianity. You must rise above the fray and see Me and what I am doing. I will turn your state around. …
“I love all your prayers that have come up to Me and now I need you to go beyond the prayers and allow Me to invade every structure, sphere and mountain. Everywhere the soles of your feet will go Monday through Friday – I am ready to make Kingdom territory. …
“As they are astonished at My kindness you must tell them it is Me. You must see into where you live, work and study, and you must tell of the good things I am going to do there. I need you to echo Me. I am going to invade and this time it will not just be the deserts and remote places. I will come right into day-to-day society and I will be seen. …
“My Church, do not resist Me. [Amen!] My Church do not stay in doubt. [Amen!] My Church agree with Me. [Amen!] My Church cease being judgment-conscious and start being restoration-conscious. [Amen! Amen!] My Church enter into My joys. [Amen!] My Church enter in My hopes for you. [Amen!] I am going to do that which you have feared to even hope for. [Amen!] I am going to show you that I am the ‘bigger than’ God. [Amen!] Today I ask you to join Me. [Amen!] Today I ask you to agree on earth as I am telling you from Heaven.” [Amen! Amen!]
Me: “What about the “princes”? There are “princes” and “princesses” inside each of us. You said, “I will not be detained as I now have sufficient agreement to act.” Back in the 1980’s I remember receiving teachings on Daniel 8 that said that The Antichrist would come from Europe. And that same view has resurfaced again this week. From my perspective the “antichrist” is one of attitude. (1 John 2:18-25) You said we should speak truth from our hearts. (Ps 15:2) You didn’t say to just speak Truth from our heads. We have enough “talking heads”!”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: “I join in Daniel’s Prayer:”
Daniel 9: 17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. For Your sake, Lord, look with favor on Your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your Name. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your Name.””
Me: “Lord, You said You would send a “famine” on the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11) Aren’t we in that right now? The people are parched to “hear” from You. But You said,
Amos 8:12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.
Me: “And this has happened; this is happening right now.”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: “But in Daniel’s vision of a Ram and a Goat, he said:
Daniel 8:5 As I was thinking about this [the “ram” charging toward the west, north, and south (v 4), and gee, it looks an awful lot like the ramming of the Church-as-Institution! (Rev 2:27)], suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west [!], crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.
[That sounds like a spirit. Spirits are just that: spirits. Prayer often addresses spirits (although that is only part of the relationship and on-going conversation with God). Prayer mostly works in the spiritual realm “crossing the whole earth without [necessarily] touching the ground.” But this “crossing” also describes the Internet. I do not believe the Internet itself is evil. Tools are neither bad nor good. Neither do I believe the “goat” is evil. When light shines on something it makes a shadow.]
Me: “Lord, it sounds to me like it is the Church-as-Institution who is famished for the Word of the Lord and she cannot find it (Amos 8:12), because she never honored the Office of the Prophet-Seer in the first place. This neglect has morphed into a lie and this breach much be healed! (Isa 58:12) There must be acknowledgement of the Truth. Please make Your Truth so evident that it penetrates the cave of the lie in order to bring reconciliation to Yourself.” (cf Isa 60:7, which arcs to Ez 10)
Jesus: I’m just waiting for … well, you know…
Me: Yeah…
[Revelation 10:5-7 resounded in the amiable silence. …]
Me: “Lord?”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: “Did Mary laugh?” (ref Luke 10:39)
Jesus: “Oh, yes. Of course we didn’t laugh at Martha, for that wouldn’t have been kind, but we chuckled at the spirit at work within her.”
Me: “Whudduyamean?”
Jesus: “Have you ever watched a bee collecting pollen and the same bee goes back to the same tiny flower on the same hedge a dozen times and you wonder what could be left for the bee to take interest in and fuss over?”
Me: “Yes.”
Jesus: “That’s what that busy spirit is like. It doesn’t know how to relax. But someone who does know how to relax and take refuge in God by trusting Him and His Goodness can sit back and see the humor. Relaxation doesn’t automatically mean turning Rest into the idol of laziness. It simply means enjoying what God enjoys.”
[Amiable silence…]
Me: “Lord?”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: “Are we talking about the Great Harvest as being something funny?”
Jesus: “Yes. Just as all great dramas in history have tragedy and comedy, so does our story. The humor makes it that much sweeter. Remember, you’ll be looking at the spirit. Just watch. Don’t hold on to spirits. They come and go. Rebuke evil. Pray in healing. I am the One Who remembers the deeds.” (Amos 8:7)
Me: “I noticed that as I was reading today’s lectionary lessons, that You are the One Who remembers deeds. When I forgive, the sting gradually dissipates, and then I have heart space in my soul to expand and I forget the deeds.”
Me: “Speaking of expansion: I finished the assignment You gave me a month ago where You told me to use Jim Goll’s outline on “The Power and Perils of the Prophetic” and to flesh it out with things I’d already written. It’s ready to share, but with whom? I realized as I was going through my writings how much I’d forgotten.
Jesus: “And that’s healthy. Your job is to remember God, stay focused on God, acknowledge His deeds, and press forward in our Father’s Kingdom mission.”
Me: “What a relief! I couldn’t possibly remember all the human deeds. I would have a meltdown!”
Jesus: “Yes, you would. But God doesn’t desire that. You stay focused on Him. Look at Me.”
Me: “And I’ll laugh like Sarah (Gen 18:12) when I get to “birth” the story of our journey together. And I will cry in über-delight when the “prince” (Dan 12:1) asks for it. Naturally, I don’t laugh over the distress, but I will laugh in knowing that the curse is broken when the Truth is revealed. Relief creates joy. I will laugh with exceeding joy! I won’t even lie about it or cover up my laughter the way Sarah did (Gen 18:15), for that day of Truth will be a day for the Archangel Michael and me to celebrate. Michael had a hard job of protecting the books. (Dan 10:21) Tell him “Thank you” from me. I am grateful.”
Jesus: “I will tell him.”

9 After Pentecost 21 July 2013 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Amos 8:1-12
8:1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me–a basket of summer fruit.

8:2 He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the LORD said to me, The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass them by.

8:3 The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,” says the Lord GOD; “the dead bodies shall be many, cast out in every place. Be silent!”

8:4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land,

8:5 saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances,

8:6 buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

8:7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

8:8 Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who lives in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?

8:9 On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight.

8:10 I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.

8:11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.

8:12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.

Psalm 52
52:1 Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long

52:2 you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

52:3 You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah

52:4 You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

52:5 But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

52:6 The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,

52:7 “See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!”

52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

52:9 I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Genesis 18:1-10a
18:1 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.

18:2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.

18:3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.

18:4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.

18:5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on–since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”

18:6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.”

18:7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.

18:8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

18:9 They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”

18:10a Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.”

Psalm 15
15:1 O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?

15:2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;

15:3 who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;

15:4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the LORD; who stand by their oath even to their hurt;

15:5 who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Colossians 1:15-28
1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;

1:16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him.

1:17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.

1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

1:20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

1:21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,

1:22 he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him–

1:23 provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

1:24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.

1:25 I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

1:26 the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.

1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1:28 It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Luke 10:38-42
10:38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.

10:39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.

10:40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.”

10:41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;

10:42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Mercy

14 Jul

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 8 After Pentecost on 14 July 2013
Mercy
What is mercy? My head knows that it means we don’t get what we deserve. But what does it look like? What’s been going on in my own journey as the Holy Spirit weaves and interweaves? Looking back four months ago…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 Kim Clement Prophetic Alert: The Lord said, “It is My time to invade the Roman Catholic Church.”
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 Kim Clement: “Holy Smoke We Have A Pope”
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM Kim Clement: subject: Let’s Go!!
“During our Prophetic Alert on Wednesday, God’s presence came upon me and revealed to me some of what He is about to do on the earth. I sensed the Spirit was hovering upon the earth, this dark earth predisposed to failure and doom. Suddenly I heard the voice speak “Light be! The Light of My Son shall shine. It has begun.””
3 ½ weeks later…
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 Kim Clement sent a reminder to watch his teaching the next day: “Prophecy – The Eye of the Spirit,”
Kim: “How many times have you been frustrated because of the confusion that seems to manifest when you earnestly seek guidance from God? Could it be that some of these absurd events that take place after you’ve asked Him for guidance are actually oracular intimations leading you to the right place?”
The next day: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from my soul’s journal Bride’s Voice, “Death of a Dream:”
Journal: [With dejection] …No blessing. No laying on of hands. Fine. So I cannot make good on “I will not let you go until you bless me.” [Gen 32:26] At least not at this point in the journey. I say with my best friend:
“God can make a miracle or not. I am not invested anymore.” [!]
And three months later …
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 Kim Clement teaching: “The Soul”
Kim said, “One of the benefits of getting free of the things that come against you, is that you are no longer as focused on your Destiny.”
And the next day …
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 The Elijah List posted Bob Jones: “A New Dawn for the “Children of Light”
“Children of Light Coming Forth
“I feel that very shortly, probably within a few weeks, the night will be over and a new day of light shall begin. And a new purpose for the children of light is coming forth to reveal the true light of God.
“So this is what I believe He’s speaking to me. The true light of the children of God will understand what is already written in the Bible. This Beelzebub realm; flies, mosquitoes and things of darkness, will grow darker as it comes to steal your light.”
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 6 am Me to Bob and Bonnie Jones: Subject: Buzz
Dear Bob and Bonnie,
Cute: “When you turn a light bulb on in the darkest of night, what does it draw? It draws Beelzebub!” [Very cute play with words! I like it!]
True: “Flies, mosquitoes and other bugs are literally like the enemy’s tormentors. And the children of light are getting under a stronger demonic attack. These tormentors come to distract and put out their light.”
Gee, Jim Goll said on Facebook 2 ½ weeks ago, “The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.” Truth from the mouth of innocence!
You said, “The true light of the children of God will understand what is already written in the Bible.” This is true. I have tried to share what I have understood through God’s revealing it to me, but I need a friend to share it with. ~ Kathryn Hauser
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm Posted by Lance Wallnau on Facebook:
“I was surprised by how viral the response was to my last post. I sensed this next message would be the next step for many of you who read it.

When God seems silent it means that the next thing He is about to say is important. There is a 400 year span between the last book of the Old Testament (often referred to as the “silent years”) where the Prophet Malachi closes out the scripture saying “Behold I will send you Elijah…” 400 years later the New Testament breaks open with the clarion cry of John the Baptist declaring “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”
[Gee, and God’s doing it again! Hello?…]
When it seems like the heavens are brass and God does not hear you, consider that He may be preparing you for an important update. Consider Elijah, “After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.” (1 Kings 18:1) and Jeremiah “After many days the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and ta…” [The text truncated.]
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm Facebook dialog between participant Bobby Phelphs and Lance Wallnau:
Bobby Phelps said: “I was given a word that my wait was just about over. That was about 5 years ago. Then the Lord (3 and a half [years later?]) gives me Psalm 27:14. Wait. He has given me the understanding of waiting until he brings me into my prophetic future but even in my waiting stage I am pursuing my destiny. Thanks Lance.”
[I “liked” what Bobby wrote. Compadré simpatico. I could “see” the divine swirl of pursing destiny tying in with what Kim Clement had said: “One of the benefits of getting free of the things that come against you, is that you are no longer as focused on your Destiny.” It was an Alpha and Omega paradox thing. In order to live into our destiny we had to “die” to it. Was this what God meant when He said,
Psalm 82:6 I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;

82:7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.”?
Was this all part of the Shaman Death experience? Evidently.]
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm Lance Wallnau said to Bobby Phelps, “Thanks for sharing. I’m curious…what exactly are you waiting to see manifest?”
[I “liked” what Lance wrote.]
In my Journal to myself: I wish there was some polite way to crash their party and say my own words: “I’m waiting to see manifested that I truly belong in a hermitage attached to a monastery and not out parking, praying, and writing in parking lots.”
Lord, my heart goes out to Bobby Phelps. I bet he said to someone at the beginning of his journey some poignant Truth and he wasn’t heard. And he’s been in a holding pattern for eight years having to wait while You, God, untangle the knots exposed by his standing in Your Truth. Of course I don’t know, but if he’s anything like me, he’s wondering when You’ll open the doors of mercy around Your Mercy Seat, so that his voice is finally heard. Please help, God! O Divine Madman! It sounds to me like Bobby Phelps is in a similar situation I am in, but in his own orbit. The Venn diagram loops overlap. I pray for him. Lord, have mercy! The Great Wait is the same, but the circumstances are different. It surely has not been for lack of prayer, trying, and outreach that the Great Wait drones on!
…And here I stand.
Father, You told Amos You would set a plumb line in the midst of Your people. (Amos 7:8) You gave St Benedict the Benedictine Rule (est. 529 AD) to show us how to structure sane lives by putting You first. St Benedict plumb-lined in You and said, “Here I stand.” You showed Martin Luther centuries later (1517 AD), how we are saved by grace. Luther said, “Here I stand!” [Ahhh…the thousand year loop…(2 Peter 3:8)] The Protestant Movement took off and broke away from the Catholics. Now today I am a Protestant, but belong attached to a monastery! Such a juxtaposition! Here I stand. I stand by my Man! There are not many Protestant monastic communities out there but there are some (eleven, I think?) . My Episcopal priest had said to me on Valentine’s Day (14 Feb 13),
Fr D: “You’re soooo peaceful. I’ve never seen you this peaceful. It’s beautiful. I wish there was something we could do.”
Me: “You did find the canon law that…”
Fr D: “I know. But laws on the books don’t mean anything.”
If the laws on the books mean nothing to his superiors, then his hands are tied. In the pendulum swings of the centuries, we took the Benedictine Rule of sane life and made it an idol. Then Luther broke the idol (thank God!) Now we have the canon law but can’t honor it, because the pendulum has swung the other way again. The manipulative spirit has been confronted with the Truth. Just like the lawyer in today’s gospel lesson, we have given the right answers (Luke 10:28), but we must apply them so that we may live. (v 28) And in order to apply what we know, we have to listen first. We have to put God first. (v 27)
[…Breathe…]
I “saw” Jesus standing by the wall of my heart, which He had built with a plumb line. (Amos 7:7) He was standing with a plumb line in His hand. (v 7) He said, “Kathryn, what do you see?” (v 8) I said, “I see a plumb line.” (v 8) I said that for me, my “plumb line” was that I belong in a monastic community. I told Him that St Benedict had set the “Rule.” The Church has canon law to uphold the Rule. Then the Lord repeated, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people “Israel” (meaning, “One who has wrestled with God and man and has overcome.” (Gen 32:28)) I will never again pass them by. (Amos 7:8)”
Thursday, July 11, 2013 Bobby Conner [different Bobby from Facebook] was posted on the Elijah List with a word entitled, “Invigorating Power! Nine Promises for Nine Breakthroughs.” In this piece Bobby Conner said,
“Recently, the Spirit of God said to me, “I have good news for you to share with God’s people!” At this divine proclamation, my spirit leapt with holy expectation. I was even more encouraged by the words God then declared: “I am preparing to answer Paul’s prayer recorded in Colossians!”
Study this outstanding prayer in Colossians 1:6-12… “
[Please pause with me a moment right there, dear reader. It was my turn for the Spirit of God to leap within me. Colossians 1:1-14 is part of our lectionary readings for today!]
Bobby Conner: What exactly is going to happen when we pray? Here are the nine promises of this most amazing prayer of Colossians 1. We will:
1. Be filled with the deep and clear knowledge of God’s will.
2. Have all spiritual wisdom concerning the ways and purposes of God.
3. Understand and discern spiritual things.
4. Walk and live in a manner pleasing to the Lord.
5. Bear fruit in every good work.
6. Steadily grow and increase in the knowledge of God.
7. Be invigorated and strengthened with all power.
8. Exercise endurance and patience with joy.
9. Give thanks to the Father, having been qualified for our inheritance.
In other words, we must decide not to continue to stumble about in the confusion that seems to gridlock Believers as well as unbelievers in this culture. Rather, we must walk with God-given goals, God-given aims and God-given divine purpose – not our own goals and aims. We are not to be vague, thoughtless, confused or distracted during these end-time days; on the contrary, we can and must discover the Lord’s certain guidance every moment of the day, every day of the week. …”
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Journal: This morning I was (fortunately) able to connect on the Internet (which I cannot always do.) There was an advertisement in my inbox to watch an interview which Sid Roth had done with Paul McGuire: “Is Big Brother Listening?” The flyer said, “Could this signal the coming of the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast?” I admit that I did not watch it. Instead, I took this into prayer. I had just watched a teaching by Kim Clement where he taught about the “Right Hand of God.” He said that in the Jewish culture the “right hand” represents the spoken word. The “left hand” represents the written word, as Hebrew is written from right to left. What was spoken first was written down next. The written word reveals, but it is the spoken word that manifests, (ie God spoke creation into existence. (Gen 1:3 ff))
My thoughts drifted back in remembrance. On Monday, November 05, 2012 Kim had shared with all of us his vision experience of the crush of the python [ie, the serpent, the Beast.] I had also “seen” the vision and we both experienced it, which I had shared with him later in an epistle. Over the course of these last eight months the whole world has also travailed in the birthing pains of untangling ourselves from the crush of the python. Work in the spiritual realm precedes what God manifests in the temporal realm. Since this is a principle at work in Truth, I must respectfully ask: “Are the prophets listening to each other?” Kim has spoken about the defeat of this beast, and I have written about it. Revelation Chapters 13 and 17 have already happened, because God has done it. And it has been spoken and written about. Right hand, left hand. As a scribe, I grab God’s “left hand” so those who shout from the mountain tops have space and utterance. I curtsey to them. That is their purpose and calling. That’s the prophet’s job for this type of prophet, who literally speaks the word. There is need and room for both speaking prophets and writing prophets in God’s kingdom and we need them both. It is necessary, however, for both sides to listen to each other and not pimp fear. Surely there is truth in Jesus’ words when He said,
Matthew 6:3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
If/since Big Brother is watching, then this is all the more reason to keep our focus on God and stay faithful to Him. That would give Big Brother something to talk about that is merciful. As a nation we know it is possible to get through the spying and intrigue phase. We went through this in the McCarthy Era. And after that came the end of the Cold War. Dear God, banish the beastly spirit to the Abyss forever, and replace the hole left behind by his exit soothed with healing oil of Your presence, which is full of mercy and compassion for You, ourselves, and one another!
My prayer conversation soared as my eye rested and sat with today’s lectionary readings:
Lord, we really do know the right answers (Luke 10:28) like the lawyer in today’s gospel lesson. (v 25) We have seen that we can’t seem to do what we know in order to really live. (v 28) We love You, God, with all our hearts and souls and strength and minds and our collective consciousness is crying out to You. We know You have rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Your beloved Son (Col 1:13) in Whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. (v 14) We know who our neighbors are (Lk 10:29), but we still justify our actions by putting up sociopolitical, financial, status, attitudinal, and religious barriers, as we seek to move beyond hearts of apathy on one side of the road (v 31) only to slip and slide to prejudice and assumption on the other side (v 32). Jesus, just as in Your story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ in today’s gospel lesson about the man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away leaving him half dead (Lk 10:30), so we in this world have experienced the same. We have been humbled. We just don’t have the chutzpah to talk about it! We know Your grace is sufficient. (2 Cor 12:9) Even though we know, we still know not what we do! (Luke 23:34) Lord, just as You promised, so it has happened. And we became the “wife” of Israel. (Amos 7:15) And St Paul did say:
Romans 3:9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.
On behalf of all of us, I confess to You, Lord God, that we have prostituted Your love in the “cities” (Amos 7:17) of our hearts, sometimes knowingly and other times being clueless. Our sons and daughters have fallen by the “sword” (v 17) in real military battles, and in church prayer rooms, as well as on other battlefields like in courtrooms, bar rooms, back rooms, back alleys, and sweat houses; in elegant gardens, on parliament floors, in opera pits, power generating plants, theater mezzanines, golf courses, and on stock exchange floors. Our lands have been parceled out line by line (v 17) by greedy land developers and every line in Revelation Chapter 18 has been fulfilled line by line! We have “died” to ourselves in unclean lands. (Amos 7:17) We are as Israel and have surely gone into exile away from our true land. (v 17)
Revelation 18:9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.”
We all weep and mourn. We are experiencing this. It is no longer projection or pointing of fingers, as it was in the past.
Isa 58:9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk
The Church and prophets have traveled down the same road and passed by on either side like the priest (Luke 10:31) and the Levite (v 33), but we need the power of Your Mercy Seat, Lord, so that we can fulfill Your loving plan (Ps 25:10) and do what You said: “Go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37) Lord, please help us to listen. Help us to show each other mercy. Mercy is a spiritual gift that comes from You, Father. (Romans 12:6-8) Mercy doesn’t come naturally to us humans. Just like everyone else, by nature we are deserving of wrath. (Eph 2:3) But because of Your great mercy (v 4) for all of us, You have made us alive in Christ, even when we were dead in transgressions. (v 4)
Made Alive in Christ
Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy [!], 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God [!]— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ …
Lord God, raise us up in Your mercy. Make Your Word become so alive within us that we are near to You (Dt 30:14), so near that Your loving Truth is in our mouths (just as You put it in the mouth of this Egyptian boy on UTube) and in our hearts for us to observe (v 14), and we can brag about You and Your faithfulness to us. In Your great mercy, Lord, intervene. Bring forth Your children of Light, who understand what has already been written in the Bible, and who understand just how faithful You have been in keeping Your Word. Release Your Mercy Troops, Lord! Plumb-line us in Yourself in the midst of Your people, so You will never again pass us by. (Amos 7:8) For we will welcome and embrace Your very presence and honor the covenantal relationship You have made with us. Give us eyes to see where You have extended us Your mercy, and bring to our minds where You have answered our prayers, so that we can praise You more and ever more. Amen.

8 After Pentecost 14 July 2013 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Amos 7:7-17
7:7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.

7:8 And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by;

7:9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

7:10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words.

7:11 For thus Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.'”

7:12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there;

7:13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”

7:14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees,

7:15 and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

7:16 “Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.”

7:17 Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parceled out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.'”

Psalm 82
82:1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

82:2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

82:3 Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

82:5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

82:6 I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;

82:7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.”

82:8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!

Deuteronomy 30:9-14
30:9 and the LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors,

30:10 when you obey the LORD your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

30:11 Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.

30:12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?”

30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?”

30:14 No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

Psalm 25:1-10
25:1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

25:2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

25:3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

25:4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

25:5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

25:6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

25:8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

25:10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Colossians 1:1-14
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

1:2 To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

1:3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

1:4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,

1:5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel

1:6 that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.

1:7 This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,

1:8 and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

1:10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.

1:11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully

1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

1:13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,

1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 10:25-37
10:25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”

10:27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

10:28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

10:29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

10:30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.

10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.

10:34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

10:35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’

10:36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

10:37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Alpha and OMG Today

7 Jul

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection 7 After Pentecost 07 July 2013
Alpha and OMG Today
What happened? Come again? What? Naw. Really?
06 January 2008 God called me on Epiphany Sunday, 2008. My priest said, “What took you so long?” [to respond to the call] As for me, personally? God called and I wanted to die.
01 May to 10 May 2008 I stayed at the Order of Julian (Episcopalian monastery) in Wisconsin to discern what the Call was. I encountered “the Burning Bush” (Ex 3) in their chapel.
14 May 2008 I came home and experienced a mystical marriage when Christ asked me to marry Him.
In the fall of 2008 I asked my home church for a prayer closet. My homies had become hyper-focused on their physical sanctuary. I had said, “The church is acting like they are responsible for making improvements when God is just waiting for them to ask in humility how we can unify in structure what God does in spirit.”
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 From my priest: “I believe that you have been given an insight.”
Monday, September 15, 2008 From my priest: “What does prayer mean to you?”
Me to him: “Prayer is my conversation with God. I share honestly, listen intently, and we belly laugh together. We talk things out. If I’m too wound up, or too dense, or it’s too late in the day, I’ll ask God if we can pick up the topic tomorrow after He works on my heart and body thru the night. True to His Word, He lays it on the table for open discussion the next day. We have a no-holds-bar relationship. Isn’t your prayer life a continuous conversation, too?”
[Where can I pray? Praying in my car is ok as a temporary thing. But oh, silly me, I didn’t know the Church-as-Institution made an idol out of “Suffering Servant”! But Sir, I cried, you don’t understand: I am a princess!]
Saturday, October 25, 2008 Subject: “How To Lose Control:”
Me to my spiritual directors: Have any of you had recent success in learning the lesson of how to give up control? I seem to be in a Moebius strip of anxiety chasing defensiveness as I learn the art of surrender.
Saturday, November 08, 2008 Subject: “Diagnostic Listening:”
I shared an epistle with the diocese as part of my contribution from the congregation when they asked for responses to a survey to help my homies heal from old wounds.
[Golgotha-like] Friday, December 05, 2008 I asked the church for a prayer closet. (ref Mt 6:6) In turn the leadership asked me if the prayer space would be multi-use. (This made no sense to me because my prayer time is when I engage the most with God and the fruits of creativity flow. Creativity is not always functional at first glance. Relationships come first and function comes second.) I shared my Journal: Subject: “Functional vs Relational:”
“Prayer is how I maintain my relationship with God. Asking me if the prayer closet or prayer space will be multi-use, is like asking me how I “use” God. It doesn’t make sense. That’s why I was confused when they wanted to know how the space would be used.
How could I go from abiding in total Love for days on end, and the next moment be agitated? It’s not just the Santa Ana winds. And I know that the agitation was not caused by any one person or conversation. As I reflected, I could trace the agitation back to the word “usefulness.””
From there I became defensive. It was a personal week from hell.
[Gethsemane-like] Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 8:11 AM Subject: “Simply Stated:”
Me to the Church leaders: “I heard my defensiveness, pleading, and perfectionism this week. It bit me and humbled me. I’m sorry. Without all the ego-baggage, please allow me to state my need simply: I would like a warm, well-lit place of solitude to pray. Whatever we can do together to make this happen, I would be grateful. Namasté, Kathryn
25 January 2009 Mom died.
Ash Wednesday, 25 February 2009 I offered my first weekly Reflection on the scriptures offered in the Church lectionary and have been doing so every week ever since.
30 March 2009 I entered the first of countless communal Holy VOID experiences (‘communal’ in contrast to personal ego-death, which I had experienced a year earlier).
Sunday, May 17, 2009 I addressed the issue of “Role, Rules, & Nurture” and received this response from my priest:
“About the reflections. I’ve shared my thoughts with you on the reflections. Until you have a formal role in the congregation, your reflections are a personal reflection you share with those who want to receive them. We can’t “formally adopt” them as part of the life of the congregation until your formal role in the congregation is recognized and you are part of the formal organization of the congregation. When that happens, we have all kinds of options.”
From Me: “So, in order to nurture others, I have to have a formal role? We can’t nurture first and give the role a title later?”
[Clearly not.]
Monday, May 18, 2009, 8:31 AM From my priest: Subject: RE: Role, Rules, & Nurture
“Kathryn,
In order to nurture others as part of the organism of [name of church], you must have “formal” role. A formal role helps you be part of the organism and provides a relationship so that you can relate to others and inter-relate with others. Without a formal role, we don’t know hoe to connect in with you, how to coordinate with you, how you are responsible to the organism, even how we communicate with you.
A formal role makes you part of the organism and connects you the other parts of the organism.”
14 September 2009 I sent out my “I Am” Statement to the church. They had wanted me to articulate my calling, so I gave them what they asked for. In retrospect, now I know that September 14th is “Holy Cross Day” on the liturgical calendar. At the time, I did not know the significance or the prophetic symbolism this would carry personally in my life. It also wasn’t until later when I realized that God often did significant things in my life of the 14th days of various months, although not every month.
27 September 2009 My priest formed a Discernment Committee to discern what my calling was.
02 November 2009 I began writing the “divine download” of revelation God was giving me.
01 January 2010 I wrote a letter of self-introduction to Prophet Kim Clement
14 February 2010 (Valentine’s Day–prophetic) My Discernment Committee said they loved me even though they didn’t understand me. (cf Isa 42:19)
14 March 2010 My Discernment Committee agreed I am called, but didn’t know what to call me. In a month I went from feeling loved to feeling like I was at another Tribunal. They decided to watch me for another six months. [I park, pray, and write all day. What’s to watch? But in the end they did have their way. They watched. They studied me. And we never, ever [!], met together as a group again no matter how hard I tried to “herd the cats.” They wanted to see my leadership potential, but they couldn’t allow themselves to be led.]
04 July 2010 I wrote a Reflection for 6 After Pentecost “Do the Right Thing” (based on Naaman’s story from 2 Kings 5:1-14, which are the exact same lectionary readings as for today (07 July 2013))
“…It is human nature to make simplicity difficult. It is human nature to make relationships complicated, at the human level and with God. Fast as lightning (Luke 10:18) rage can overpower gentleness. The temptation is to revert to listening to the chatter of the monkey mind that has a hard time discerning noise from sanity, because it takes everything in, chewing on every option, plan, angle, and strategy to make sense of the world in seeking to establish equilibrium and safety. Add to the mix a heart of confusion and the life journey suddenly becomes overwhelming. Doing the right thing cuts through the internal noise. Jesus gives us guidelines on how to navigate through the noise in today’s Gospel:…” (Lk 10:1-11, 16-20)
08 July 2010 I wrote my Discernment Committee an epistle entitled “Mixed Messages” paralleling Naaman’s story (2 Kings 5:1-14) with the ‘double speak’ going on at the church.
21 July 2010 I began taking a mid-week peer counseling class (at another church of another demonimation) called “Mercy Ministry” to see if there was a way to bridge the gap. I took the class for two years and tried to engage both churches to work with each other and cross-pollinate. [Oh well…sigh…good intentions.]
10 Oct 2010 I wrote a Reflection entitled “Spiritual Leprosy:” (Gospel: Luke 17:11-19)
“… We are supposed to love as God loves, and yet aren’t we still wrangling over the same words that Paul warns us to avoid doing in 2 Tim 2:14? This keeps the churches in a state of perpetuating a spiritual leprosy even though we know that the News is Good. Who will come back to say thank you? Gratitude acknowledges the gift from the Giver. Do we know Christ is the gift and we are the package? How would we know? Because gratitude is open, where ingratitude is unwelcoming. Gratitude brings a spirit of charity. Ingratitude harbors a spirit of rigidity. Gratitude brings honesty. Ingratitude breeds mistrust. Gratitude breathes forgiveness. Ingratitude breeds hostility. Gratitude offers a heart of compassion. Ingratitude is a slave to fear and self-protection. Gratitude makes heart space to be able to receive. Ingratitude blocks the divine Flow; it makes us immobile and frozen.
Churches, “Get up, go on your way; your faith has made you well.” “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). Go live in a spirit of gratitude.”
[Another 1 ½ YEARS later…]
12 February 2012 I wrote a Reflection entitled “Lotus Blossom.” (Gospel: Mark 1:40-45) I had had a vision of two lotus blossoms on the water. In the vision I picked up one lotus, representing the Church-as-Institution, and it was frigidly cold. I picked up the other blossom, representing the ‘awake’ Church, and it was warm to the touch.
“… One of the symptoms of leprosy is numbness and loss of temperature sensation. The Institution is so chilly, she’s icy-cold sterile. In contrast, the authentic Church (the other lotus blossom) has empathized and connected with me at the heart level, which is open and warm. Those genuine moments of openness and warmth have been amazing.
… Then I got into my head and stayed there. [Uh, oh!]
I had answers for every volley. I had journaled and the entry had ended with: “But the Churches don’t “hear” the Good News!” After this emotional safari I couldn’t “hear” the Good News either. …
Self: Do you “hear” the glass shards crashing on the asphalt as my soul pounds on the stainglass windows of the Church? …
[I dove into more prayer in the Reflection:] “God, there is nerve damage to the Church, so pain is not registered in the brain. The Church is suffering from another type of spiritual leprosy. This wasn’t related to a spirit of Pride or Arrogance this time. This time it was a spirit of Inadequacy. This was causing serious damage to the skin of the Church. They say, “Beauty is only skin deep,” but when there is nerve damage to the skin, then she can see neither her own beauty nor anyone else’s. Another saying is “Pretty is as pretty does.” The Church doesn’t know how to be a friend, even though that is what Jesus called us to be (Jn 15:15). It’s not pretty. The Church-as-Institution is necessary and gifted, but not a friend. Friendship is personal. We choose our friends. We don’t choose our families. Lord, You called us friends, but an Institution is a callous, impersonal, practical, business tool. It’s not all that pretty. It’s the cooler places on the spiritual body that have been infected with spiritual bacteria. Lord, please cleanse us from our spiritual leprosy! With a word and a touch from You we will be made whole, where we meet You personally and call You Friend in return.”
[And another year later…]
14 February 2013 (Valentine’s Day–prophetic) I met my priest at Starbuck’s for coffee:
Journal: Fr D just couldn’t get over how PEACEFUL and STRONG I was. He said it was BEAUTIFUL. At the end of our conversation I said, “I anchor in Christ.” He smiled and said, “So now we come full circle;” (meaning to the “Anchoress.”)
As we prayed together at the close of our time together, I got a word to name the hole inside my soul. I realized the hole was not pride (this time) but needing to feel appreciated. I said that I need to feel appreciated for my contribution to the Greater Good. He said, “Now THAT I understand!!”
[And two months later…]
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 I met my priest at Starbuck’s for coffee again:
Fr D: “I got your email about requesting help with getting a new computer.”
[That was it. It was just an announcement. I felt…um…somewhat lost.]
He said, “You’re still writing your …[Reflections]?
I said, “When I can. When the computer decides it’s working.”
Fr D: “So you write them out by hand?”
Me: “Yes; then in the morning I take them back to my computer and type them up.”…
Fr D: “I’m remembering right now the two criminals on the cross on either side of Jesus. One said, “If you are the Son of God save yourself and us.””
Me: “What did the other say?”
Fr D: “You tell me. What did he say?”
Me: “Surly You are the Son of God”? [I had a brain fart. That was the guard who said that.]
Fr D corrected: “Surly this is an innocent man. We deserved what we got, but He did not, or something like that.”
Me: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
Fr D: “And ‘Today’ can mean Now, or Later on, or In the Future.”
Me: “It’s an Alpha and Omega thing: God is, was, and is to come.”
Fr D [with BIG SMILE]: “YES!”
Fr D: “So, you are feeling abandoned in the death of your dream. You are grieving over all the things that God cares about and didn’t fulfill. What did Jesus say on the cross?”
Me: “If He could have, I think He would have said, “This SUCKS!””
[Laughter.]
Fr D: “So, what is God saying to you now? As you look over at Him?”
Me: “God has this annoying habit of smiling.”
[And two months later…]
Friday, 07 June 2013 The Lord gave me an understanding of the divine revelation He’d given Ezekiel. I processed as I wrote it up in a piece entitled “On Your Mark:”
Ezekiel 10:9 I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim [administrators] four wheels [computers], one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like topaz.
[Are the “wheels that sparked like topaz” (or chrysolite in my other Bible translation) describing computer LED lights? As for their appearance, four computers look alike…]
Ezekiel 10:10 As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel.
[Each computer is like a “wheel” on the network in terms of the Internet grid connecting and intersecting. They intersect at points of common interest. And as word moves, it goes in any one of the four directions the “cherubim” face. …]
Ezekiel 10: 11 As they moved, they [the computer devices, like laptops, tablets, Smart Phones, Blackberries, and other “wheels,”…] would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels [computers] did not turn about as the cherubim went. …
[Well, yeah, the devices go where the people go.]
…The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went.
[This has double meaning. In our culture many do follow their devices in whatever direction its “head” is facing. Some never seem to take their heads out of their Smart Phones or devices. But another meaning could be that the administrator “cherubim” follow the head apostle without turning as they go. That means they have clarity and a united focus. Ok, well, back to the computers. I’ll just use the phrase “computer devices” instead of listing the various types of options available to us…]
Ezekiel 10: 12 Their entire bodies [computer mainframes], including their “backs” [computer towers, motherboards], their hands [keyboards] and their “wings” [the Internet grid], were completely full of “eyes” [LED lights], as were their four “wheels” [computer terminals]. 13 I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.”
[And computers do make a whirling sound when they are up and running. And so do airplanes, and they are also covered with lights, (ie “eyes”).]
Ezekiel 10: 14 Each of the cherubim [administrators] had four faces [sides of their personalities]: One “face” was that of a cherub [holy innocence from being cleansed by repentance], the second the “face” of a human being [noble, humble, dignified], the third the “face” of a lion [with healthy pride, strong in his identity in Jesus Christ; righteous], and the fourth the “face” of an eagle [regal, visionary, keeping his eyes on the King and the Kingdom of God].
15 Then the cherubim [administrators] rose upward [in prayer and in their administrative tasks to spread the Word, and to organize the five-fold ministries for the end-time fulfillment of the Kingdom of God (which is Love)]. These were the living creatures I had seen by the Kebar River. 16 When the cherubim [administrators] moved, the “wheels” [computer devices] beside them moved; and when the cherubim [administrators] spread their “wings” [got on the Internet] to rise from the ground, the “wheels” [computer devices] did not leave their side. 17 When the cherubim [administrators] stood still, they [the computer devices] also stood still; and when the cherubim [administrators] rose, they [the computer devices] rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.
[The spirit of man is in computers. Computers just reflect man. We are the living creatures. The spirit of these specific people (the “cherubim”) has the spirit of the Living God in them, so they want to use their gifts and skills for the advancement and glory of God.]
Ezekiel 10: 18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from over the threshold of the temple [where I am praying at the beach?] and stopped above the cherubim [administrators]. 19 While I watched, the cherubim [administrators] spread their “wings” [got on the Internet, or airplanes?] and “rose from the ground” [into the cyber network, or sky?], and as they went, the wheels [computer devices] went with them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the LORD’s house [the East Coast?], and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
[Yee Haw!!]
Ezekiel 10:20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim. 21 Each had four faces and four wings, and under their wings was what looked like human hands [!]. 22 Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River. Each one went straight ahead.
[Yipee! Finally, we are moving straight ahead in a common direction in the right Flow!]
[And a month later…]
Saturday, July 06, 2013 Journal: Still no sanctuary for the Anchoress. Just the nomadic life. I do not rejoice that the spirits submit to me. (Lk 10:20) I know that my name is written in heaven. I also know that the kingdom of God has come near to me. (v 9) So that should mean that sanctuary is also nearby. Isn’t that an oxymoron? Isn’t sanctuary supposed to be overhead and not just nearby? Unfortunately, sanctuary is across a great divide whose breach I alone cannot repair. I need help from the faithful remnant “out there.” But where are they?
Matthew 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven [the spiritual] and earth [the temporal] disappear [merge], not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Luke 16:17 It is easier for heaven [spiritual] and earth [temporal] to disappear [merge] than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
3 John 1:13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.
Saturday, July 06, 2013 Bible Gateway Verse of the Day:
Matthew 24:35 The Voice My words are always true and always here with you. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
[Back to the Present (07 July 2013)…]
The Lectionary Barons in the mainline Churches who set up the framework through which our readings are offered on particular days, have established a three-year cycle (years A, B, C rotation) for the lessons to be read. Three years ago we had today’s exact same lectionary lessons. That being stated, I was struck this week as I meditated on the lessons, and in the Gospel passage I noticed that when Jesus sent out seventy disciples to go ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself intended on going (Luke 10:1), Jesus’ words were almost identical in what the disciples should say to the Welcoming Committees after peace has been offered. (v 5)
Luke 10:9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you [!].’
Then two little words are omitted when disciples are not welcome. In addition to the symbolic gesture of wiping off the dust that clings to their feet as they “get out of Dodge,” they affirm:
“Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near [!].’” (v 11)
I noticed that the two words “…to you” are excluded when one is not welcome. I marveled at how true this is. The spirit of Welcome is personal. It comes to you. The spirit of Welcome allows the kingdom of God to come near to you. If the spirit of Welcome is just teased or outright refused, then all the Kingdom of God can do is come just so far and no farther. It cannot come any closer if it is not personally welcome.
I also noticed that the Lectionary Barons omitted Luke 10:12-15 from today’s Gospel passage from Luke 10:1-20. I looked up the four forlorn verses. What were they revealing in their absence? I looked them up. Jesus tells the disciples that things will be unbearable (v 12) for the likes of Korazin (v 13), two miles north of Capernaum, and of Capernaum itself (v 15), because they got so many opportunities to see and hear Jesus in person, for that was His home base. And they still rejected Him. Jesus confirmed this with His lifestyle.
Matthew 13:57 And they took offense at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
Jesus laid out the protocol for what a person does when he has been wronged (Mt 18:15-17), saying that if one refuses to listen even to the Church, then to treat him as one would a pagan or a tax collector. (v 17) The kingdom of God came near to them, too. Jesus loved pagans and tax collectors. It’s the “religious” who judged them as gnarly-bad. In our day, what if the Church-as-Institution refuses to listen? The kingdom of God has also come near to them. In fact it zoomed by them so closely in a holy buzz as it reconnoitered that the earth shook from the vibration of the message of the Holy Spirit. The message is the same. The dance of the Holy Spirit is the same. The Love remains the same. Love as God loves.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the Alpha and Omega. Your message of love is simple but not easy. Help us to fully welcome You and bathe in Your presence. Breathe Your peace on us, so that we may breathe Your peace wherever we go. Seal us in Your protection as our wheels whirl with united holy purpose, and as we watch Satan fall from his throne like lightning (Lk 10:18) once again just like You did. We celebrate that victory not by anything we’ve done, but because of everything You have done. We celebrate that the ego-self is working out its salvation (Ph 2:12) and that the authentic, noble core Self is written on Your heart. (Lk 10:20) We give You a bear hug, God. Shalom.

7 After Pentecost 07 July 2013 Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
2 Kings 5:1-14
5:1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy.

5:2 Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife.

5:3 She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

5:4 So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said.

5:5 And the king of Aram said, “Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.” He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments.

5:6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

5:7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.”

5:8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.”

5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house.

5:10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.”

5:11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy!

5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage.

5:13 But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

5:14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Psalm 30
30:1 I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.

30:2 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

30:3 O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

30:4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.

30:5 For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

30:6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

30:7 By your favor, O LORD, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

30:8 To you, O LORD, I cried, and to the LORD I made supplication:

30:9 “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

30:10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my helper!”

30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

30:12 so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Isaiah 66:10-14
66:10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her–

66:11 that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom.

66:12 For thus says the LORD: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees.

66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

66:14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the LORD is with his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies.

Psalm 66:1-9
66:1 Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;

66:2 sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.

66:3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.

66:4 All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.” Selah

66:5 Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.

66:6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him,

66:7 who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations– let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah

66:8 Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard,

66:9 who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.

Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
6:1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.

6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

6:3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.

6:4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride.

6:5 For all must carry their own loads.

6:6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.

6:7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.

6:8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.

6:9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up.

6:10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

6:11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!

6:12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised–only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

6:13 Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh.

6:14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

6:15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!

6:16 As for those who will follow this rule–peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.

10:2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

10:3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.

10:4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.

10:5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’

10:6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.

10:7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.

10:8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;

10:9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

10:10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say,

10:11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’

10:16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!”

10:18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.

10:19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.

10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”