At last! Ten minutes to 7 on Sunday night, and I am finding some downtime to enjoy after a hectic afternoon of lesson planning and certification work. The week looks fairly planned out, with room for the unexpected, if need be.
Today’s liturgy at Emmanuel offered strength to face the afternoon. Last week- pretty bad. On the faulty assumption that I could get everything in the world done if I was merely jacked up on 5 cups of coffee per day. Bad move. When will I learn that my own steam will never be enough?
So, time to ponder. Picked up Abraham by Bruce Feiler at Borders. I have already read through Walking the Bible a few times, and although I could not stand the documentary he made out of that book, I still enjoy his writing style and ability to really connect with his subject matter. Abraham is a slim book compared to Walking, but what from I skimmed in the Borders cafe, it looks like a good read.
Today I made it to the adult study group session at Emmanuel. Class usually goes from 9am-10, and since I have choir rehearsal at 9:30, I thought it just wasn’t an option to come. On the contrary- apparently several of our choir members join in the discussion, and then leave half way through. Dave, my fellow tenor (and might I say, becoming a bit of a spiritual big brother to me) invited me to stop by last week, so I said “what the heck?”
Discussion focused on the Magnificat, Mary’s prayer to God after Elizabeth’s greeting to her (Luke Chapter 1: 46-55). Here it is in context:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Our discussion led to an analysis of Mary’s perception of God. This soon led to a focus on the words “He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He has sent empty away.” Given the scriptural emphasis on the “first being last, and the last being first,” and taking into account the current poverty levels around the world and the”riches” we enjoy as Americans- well, where does that leave us? How can we “empty” ourselves before we are sent “empty away?”
Anyway, I hope all enjoy a peaceful night.