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I Am Here

Chapter 39

Good Monday Morning to this week 39 of 2022

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Moses is not yet an important leader or a mighty “influencer” when God meets him. He is tending the sheep of his father-in-law, a normal guy like you and me with a very modest job. For weeks, Moses has been travelling in the dust of the steppe and was not expecting anything special as he plods along with his flock through everyday life. Suddenly, however, Moses sees this bush by the side of the road that burns but doesn’t burn up. This catches his attention and he lets himself be interrupted. Once off the path he takes a closer look at this unusual event in the midst of his daily ordinary life. Through stopping and having a good look, he probably has already done his contribution to the story. It was God, on the other hand, who took did the all the rest, all the talking and all the initiative for everything that followed. “Moses, Moses!” is the voice of God from the thorn bush. Moses is called by his name. Now it dawns on him – it’s got to do with him, it’s personal. Moses’ answer to this startling encounter is very simple and he answers: “I am here”.

God does not reveal himself in the voice or approach of an Almighty, He simply starts a long conversation with an ordinary shepherd in the heat of the desert, after he gets a simple answer from Moses: “I am here.”

The conversation continues; The compassionate God Yahweh, speaks to Moses in a rough and harsh place, yet in a holy and sacred atmosphere.

In this encounter there is no separation between the calling and the vocation, the daily, the ordinary and the sacred. God shows up unexpectedly in the midst of a very usual moment, and in this very encounter Moses was transformed by the God who himself.

In order to be able to perceive the thorn bush in everyday life and thus the “I am here” – God with all our senses, we have to practise this presence anew. Moses’ simple “Here I am” asks me and you directly: When am I completely here? Not just physically, but also present in my extended awareness and consciousness.

Wishing a good start to this week.

Philemon

Summarised from a  presentation of Siegfried Zimmer @Worthaus.org

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The writing on the wall

Chapter 38

Good Monday Morning to this week 38 of 2022

The other morning I was on my way to work. As I walked past a shop
and looked over at the other side of the road, I saw a big sign. The sign
reads: “CasaBlanca; Promotes clean Storefronts”. As I neared the sign there were
two Bible verses scribbled underneath.

Daniel 5: 1-25 and Revelation 19.1

The first from Daniel
Mene; God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
Tekel; You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Peres; Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.

The second from Revelation
Revelation 19.1; And after these things I heard a great voice of many people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.

Daniel 5
The king’s banquet and the mysterious oracle: the king desecrates the sacred vessels, the hand writes on the wall. Attempts to interpret the oracle: the Chaldean sages fail, the queen recommends Daniel. Daniel appears before Belshazzar: Daniel addresses and rebukes the king interprets the oracle, and is rewarded. Conclusion: Belshazzar’s death, Darius’ accession.

Actually, the two verses are scribbled there like a question and answer.
The phrase “the writing on the wall” is a popular idiomatic expression, that could also be seen as a question, referring to the foreshadowing of any impending happening. A person who refuses to “see the writing on the wall” is being described as ignorant to the signs of an event that will likely occur in the near future.

Revelation 19 is about the “Return of the King” The book powerfully lifts the eyes of those living in hope of the coming King, to see above the problems and afflictions. In order that we may know God’s perspective on circumstances in our lives; that is, to see God and his sovereignty.

A recurring topic is for sure the return of the Kingdom of Heaven. But there is a lot of speech of the army of heaven, the faithful, those who follow to the end, those who fight the good right and run the race to the end, persevering with the eyes on the creator, the sovereign, putting all faith on him.

What writing on the wall have you seen lately?
How do you persevere and keep your eyes focused on the sovereign?

This week I’ll take the approach of the second word in regard to the writing on the wall and apply it to a lot of the weirdness, challenges, troubles, and negativity around me. Tekel;
You have been weighed you have been measured and you have been found wanting!

Wishing you a good start to this week as you discover the meaning of what you have seen as the writing on the wall.

Philemon

Opt-out

Chapter 37

Good Monday Morning to this week 37 of 2022.

A recurring topic this week – is the ability to opt-out.

Opt-out; the choice to participate in something or the decision to withdraw.

Sabbath becomes a decisive, concrete, visible way of “opting-out” for and aligning with the God of rest. Walter Brueggemann

Spirituality extends the scope of human beings. Spirituality, is not about opting out of this world, but opting-in, it’s about enabling us to live more intensely within it.

Co-opted convictions will always betray you. Charles M. Blow

So many people would like to have guidance from God because obviously, if you have a word from God, it’s the best possible thing. But they don’t relate that to life as a whole. Often they want guidance as a way of opting out of the responsibility of making decisions. Dallas Willard

Doing nothing is opting for the sweetness of stillness … Instead of fighting with that which you cannot control, you might as well just see it through. Elizabeth Wurtzel

Jesus was facing the hour of his death, and he prayed, ‘Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me’. Was it possible? Could Jesus have opted out of his suffering and death upon the cross?

Currently, many opt-out procedures, be it online as well as in social settings are quite hopeless and cumbersome, making it hard to be control. Of course it’s really also a question of much, in control of things, we really need to be. One question is to declutter and opt-out, the other is to choose and opt-in on that which is beneficial!

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Wishing you a great start to this week as you choose to opt-in and opt-out, a constant set of choices to make our daily lives.

Philemon

Divine emotive attributes

Good Monday Morning to this week 36 of 2022

The seven species listed in Deuteronomy 8.8, are wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranates, olive (oil), and date (date honey). Their first fruits were the only acceptable offerings in the Temple.

The flowering and fruiting of the seven species parallel our own spiritual development. On a basic level, these fruits are unique in that they provide the necessary nutrients for sustenance.

Since the fruiting of the seven fruits is linked to our own spiritual achievement, it is not surprising that these seven kinds comprise a wealth of spiritual attributes, nutrients, and medicinal properties.

Wheat: Chesed—Kindness
Barley: Gevurah—Severity
Grapes: Tiferet—Harmony
Figs: Netzach—Perseverance
Pomegranates: Hod—Humility
Olives: Yesod—Foundation
Dates: Malchut—Royalty

One theory is that every soul possesses all seven of these seven divine emotive attributes. But for each person, one of these traits is more dominant, shaping the individual unique spiritual path to God.

The lesson for us could be, that every new day, every new week, every new month our goal remains to grow spiritually and serve God with all “his” all “our” might with includes the all encompassing seven emotive attributes.

Wishing a good start to this new week.

Philemon