risky business

quote by Erin Hanson

quote by Erin Hanson

Jesus Falls the Third Time – Malcolm Guite He weeps with you and with you he will stay When all your staying power has run out You can’t go on, you go on anyway. He stumbles just beside you When the doubt that always haunts you Cuts you down at last and takes away the hope that drove you on. This is the third fall and it hurts the worst This long descent through darkness to depression From which there seems no rising and no will To rise, or breathe, or bear your own heart beat Twice you survived, this third will surely kill And you could not wish for that defeat Except that in the cold hell where you freeze You find Your God Beside you on His knees.

risk…involving the possibility of something bad or unpleasant happening I am sitting at home on this Sunday morning… contemplating pondering just thinking about Church and the fact that I didn’t go this morning… where to go? why didn’t I go? why don’t I try a new one? why go? do I miss it? … I listened to a short video this morning by Rachel Held Evans about the death of the church about risking it all for Jesus risking it all for the mystery do I do that? maybe my idea, my ideal of what “church” looks like needs to die, to be reborn to fall so that in the end, it becomes new and fresh and living to me Jesus loves us violently and fiercely not just to secure a place with him forever but His teachings have taught us have shown us what it looks like when Jesus is among us…living, breathing, working the life – the walking, breathing, eating, communing – of Jesus is not a back story to the crucifixion and resurrection but a demonstration of the love the liberating force the way out…our way to fly and not fall my own view of what church is, or is not, or needs to be …does it embody Christ? is my own view a demonstration of falling or flying? an example of risking it all for the mystery… the glorious unfolding ? new every morning… sadness to joy… lament intertwined with doxology… death enmeshed in resurrection… the Church the future, the mystery it’s worth the risk… Jesus is worth the risk. “what if I fall?  Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” risky grace… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKMjEvF2Fkw

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