Well, the big news this week is that I’ve started a blog! After writing this column a few times I found I wanted to hear from you all. Some of you say things on Sunday, or in passing, but others may never get the chance. My hope is that we all will realize that we can speak “god-talk.” Special thanks to Christine Rudolphi, who got me set up at blogspot.com. I don’t have anything posted yet; this will be the first item, and I’m technologically challenged, so be patient. But come, and see, and write me!
The address is http://shanesgodtalk.blogspot.com.
For this week, let me share Mary Oliver’s poem “Logos,” which I read during my sermon on Sunday.
Why wonder about the loaves and the fishes?
If you say the right words, the wine expands.
If you say them with love
and the felt ferocity of that love
and the felt necessity of that love,
the fish explode into many.
Imagine him, speaking,
and don’t worry about what is reality,
Or what is plain, or what is mysterious.
If you were there, it was all those things.
If you can imagine it, it is all those things.
Eat, drink, be happy.
Accept the miracle.
Accept, too, each spoken word
spoken with love.
What does this poem say to you? Let me know.
Daily readings for the week of August 2 are Proper 13, found on page 978 of the Book of Common Prayer.