Monday, September 15, 2014
Remnant Network - 15
Not long after being ordained, I was asked, "So where did you go to cemetery?"
"That's seminary," I replied.
He repeated, "So where did you go to cemetery?"
I got the point; and I've been trying to get it ever since if you know what he meant.
I always misspelled a word on liturgy worksheets that I gave to our secretary for Sunday bulletins in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.
It was my first year at the church after being ordained; and I misspelled that word all year long.
Across the top, I intended to write, "A SERVICE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD."
Instead, always as in every week for a year, I wrote, "A SERVICE FOR THE WHORESHIP OF GOD."
Actually, I'd catch it just before handing it to the secretary and, in those days, get out my liquid paper to try to hide it.
I did that every week for a year until I got the point; and I've been trying to get it ever since if you know what He means.
I miss stuff.
How about you?
Have you ever stopped and asked, "How did I miss that?"
One of those big moments happened in October 2011.
I was spending a week with my covenant brothers and Eugene in Montana.
While Eugene was certainly used by God to open our eyes to many of the treasures of increasing intimacy with Him, the big moment came very early one morning while reading Matthew 15 and 23.
Read it now.
Anyway, as I read it, I kept asking myself, "How did I miss that?"
Why do I..when Jesus didn't?!
Why don't I...when Jesus did?!
Thoughts of cemeteries and whoreship came to mind.
Sanctification is a process.
If we're praying and reading the book, we get holier.
If not, not.
We miss things along the way; and by God's grace through the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus, we pick some of 'em up every now and then.
Yeeeeeeeet, we still miss more things along the way and won't get it all together until...
That's why we need Jesus.
He fills in the gaps/blanks until then.
Looking at the PCUSA and other sister cemeteries and whoredoms, I've come to realize they don't need sanctification.
You can't get better at something that you've quit.
Renewal is a silly notion as well.
You can't renew something/someone that ain't been newed.
Studying in Rome in 1973, I asked Father Fachtna McCarthy when they were gonna, you know, get with the...
He said, "Some bishops and cardinals are gonna have to die."
Yeah, that's right.
John 3 comes to mind.
All of it/Him.
Blessings and Love!