Slinky Problem

Dex: Mom, can you fix slinky problems?

Me: Yes, I can fix slinky problems.

My eyes widened as the slinky problem was handed over to me. My mouth has a habit of being overly-confident even when I am filled with self-doubt.

As I examined the magnitude of entanglements I began to realize the time commitment I had made.

Tangled Slinky
Me to me: throw it in the trash

Me to me: Mom could fix this, she’s an engineer

Me to me: Suck it up buttercup, it’s a slinky

I took the slinky with me to the kitchen. I fiddled with it for a few minutes and then I set it down to tend to breakfast. The slinky problem remained the same as I scrambled eggs…by the time I flipped and plated the last mini-pancake the slinky problem had escalated. 

I stared down at the plastic-rainbow-colored-mess and felt I was missing something in my slinky-fixing-strategy. I held it up to the light. This new angle removed the distraction of matching up the colors. The problem had been simplified and my actions started to make more sense. Slowly each next right move got me closer to where I wanted to be.

Side note: I couldn’t believe how badly I wanted to fix this slinky. I thought about how many I had owned over the course of my lifetime that were beyond repair. This slinky was not beyond repair, there was not a kink or bend that would prevent it from being exactly what it was designed to be.

When the last coil fell perfectly into place I spent a few seconds bouncing it back and forth in my hands. 

Rainbow slinky

I handed the slinky back to my son.

Dex: Hey! Cool!

I watched him stretch it over his knee and then put it all the way up his arm. Then Dex took the slinky off and handed it to his brother, Desmond. I watched Des flip it into the air and I wondered how much life the slinky had left in it.

I think it has just the right amount of time left. However long it lasts is enough.

🎶: Dead Man Winter, Destroyer

“Who knows how the awareness of God’s love first hits people? Every person has his own tale to tell, including the person who would not believe in God if you paid him. Some moment happens in your life that makes you say Yes right up to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen. Laughing with somebody till the tears run down your cheeks. Waking up to the first snow. Being in bed with somebody you love. Whether you thank God for such a moment or thank your lucky stars, it is a moment that is trying to open up your whole life. If you try to turn your back on such a moment and hurry along to Business as Usual, it may lose you the whole ball game. If you throw your arms around such a moment and hug it like crazy, it may save your soul. How about the person you know who as far as you can possibly tell has never had such a moment? Maybe for that person the moment that has to happen is you.” –Frederick Buechener, Common Prayer

I’m tired today. Several friends are hurting this week and my heart aches for them. I will say this I have never felt such joy as when I look into the moments that transform into sacred space. A life where religion just might be the call to action we all need. A community connected and committed to doing the next right thing.

The light is winning. Grace and peace, my friends.

Wonder

Lent 2017
Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #mumfordandsons

God is love, and because of that we are never without hope. -the Liturgists 

Matthew 28:1-10

Greetings!”


🎶Raise my hands

Paint my spirit gold

And bow my head

Keep my heart slow

🎶: Mumford and Sons

Hope

Lent 2017

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #andysquyres
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. Matthew 27:61


🎶In winter I believe you

In springtime I see you

It’s so good to be with you,

My hope has come

🎶: Andy Squyres 

Awake

Lent 2017

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #johnmarkmcmillan

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. Psalm 22:14-15


🎶 On Friday a thief

On Sunday a king

Laid down in grief

But woke with the keys

Of hell on that day

First born of the slain

The man Jesus Christ laid

Death in his grave

🎶 So three days in darkness slept

The morning sun of righteousness

But rose to shame the throes of death

And overturn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men

Would pay not their dues again

The debt of blood they owed was rent

When the day rolled anew

🎶: John Mark McMillan

Spirit

Lent 2017

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #jimjames

Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7


🎶If you don’t speak out

We can’t hear it

Our love is always here

Here in spirit

And all those who came before

Here in spirit

And all those who came before

Here in spirit

🎶: Jim James

Deny

Lent 2017

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #jasonbarrows

But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay! Psalm 70:5


🎶So let me die inside the light 

Be reborn inside Your dreams 

Cause I’ve lived a thousand years 

In the soul of a city of lost children 

Until you found me 

Redemptions calling…

🎶: Jason Barrows 

Above

Lent 2017
Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #thebrilliancemusic

Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. Psalm 71:6 


🎶Holy mother of God

Pray for us, pray for us

Now and at the hour of our death

amen, amen

🎶: The Brilliance

Follow 

Lent 2017

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #opusorange
Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.


🎶First time I saw the light it was a new day

With colors bright in my eyes

Maybe you’re making me crazy

I don’t know where you’re gonna go

But that’s alright

It’s alright

🎶: Opus Orange

Blessed. Voice. Song.

Lent 2017
What is it?


I started my Friday reading mid-day prayer and liturgy with the Sisters of St. Benedict at a Monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana. I ended my night at Vineyard Church, in Campbellsville, Kentucky at Songs & Stories and the Liturgies that Sustain Us.

It is, what is it?

🎶King of my heart. 

🎶You are good.

🎶God is so good.

Psalm 118:23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists 

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #sarahmcmillan #andysquyres #johnmarkmcmillan

I will sing my song.

Any day without a song is too long. Welcome home, Song.

(This has been the most Liturgists, Rethink Church, Lent Soundtrack day of my life. My Liturgist heart is full.)

Voice

Lent 2017

Lent meditation: #theLiturgists

Lent practice: #rethinkchurch

Lent soundtrack: #joshgarrels
Psalm118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


🎶Voices may fade away

And begin

Become a tapestry

We all are in

No one will ever be

Forgotten

🎶: Josh Garrels