I spent yesterday morning at the new place, moving rocks out of what will become my perennial bed. (I'll also be moving some plants over.) Moving rocks all morning gave me time to think about some stuff:
I have waited for three years for this house, and I'm getting what I want: a good, basic, simple house at a reasonable price, with a decent yard, in a neighborhood I like. So often it's exactly this way. We wait and ask and wait and wait and keep asking. Then, suddenly, God works and things fall into place. It's that Quaker idea of "way opening before me." You don't have to make anything happen. You just follow the way opened to you. . .as it's opening. . .and I hope I can allow our home to be a reminder and a symbol for what this is like. You'd think that, in the future I will have more patience.
As evidenced in the girls' (Sarah and Sarah) birthday presents, which I sent home with Sarah this week. They both have June birthdays, and I knew Sarah was coming, so, you know. I waited. And, anyway, now that they have them, I can show you:
On Sunday coming up, I have the scripture reflection for our Renewal formation gathering. Two of the readings were stuck in my head and heart as I worked. One is from Ephesians 4:1-6--"live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."
What strikes me about this is the description of what it means to live in a manner worthy of the call. There's nothing here about "worthy" meaning morality or being good. (Something I finally gave up on a while back. Being good, that is. I simply can't do it.)
The other reading is from I Corinthians 3. Verse 16 is the one that's speaking to me: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in YOU?? In other words, you are a Holy of Holies, or a Tabernacle. A place where God dwells. The Eastern mystics seem to have a better grasp of this than we western Christians do.
Both concepts are things we have to "get" experientially.
By the way, my Bibles are packed, so I'm using the Laudate app on my iPod. You might want to take a look at that.
And, finally, a note to self: try and catch NPR's On Being with Krista Tippett more often. Or at least go to the website once in a while: On Being.
On Saturday (?) I heard part of her interview with Grace Lee Boggs. Wonderful.