Lectionary Haiku 6 April 2022

Prophets speak truth from deep connection. They are forth-tellers rather than foretellers. They speak clarity into confusing times. Look for it in today’s texts. Psalm 20 Where to lay my bet?The machinery of warOr old proven ways? ***************************** Habakkuk 3:2-15 Mercy in the stormI remember all your waysAnd have confidence ***************************** Luke 18:31-34 Hard truthContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 6 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 5 April 2022

The temptation to wield political power in the name of service is fraught with danger for all concerned. A sobering thought as this part of the world enters the election season. Psalm 20 For humble serviceThe LORD helps his anointednot prideful hubris ******************************** Judges 9:7-15 Beware the brambleMuch promise with prickly thornsBurns up and destroys.Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 5 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 4 April 2022

Sanctuary – a place of security and protection. The word is from the Latin Sanctus from which we derive the meanings of sacred and holy. Ecologically we associate sanctuary with the preservation of the natural order. Humanly, the place we seek refuge from all that would distract us from our true selves and our relationshipContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 4 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 3 April 2022

Fifth Sunday in Lent Today’s theme suggests times when it is appropriate to swap out the old for the new – habitual ways of thinking, methods of understanding, and scope for perceiving. Imagine these texts in dialogue with each other and enjoy! Isaiah 43:16-21 A new commandmentForget stories of rescueLook to the new thing! ***************************Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 3 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 2 April 2022

Rescue through suffering and sacrifice is a universal theme that finds a particularly focused emphasis in the Hebrew and Christian traditions. The single word “Passover” evokes strong sacred memory in both traditions. Psalm 126 Well may they declareThe goodness of God to usWe know the high cost. ************************** Exodus 12:21-27 A young lamb suffersFor theContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 2 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 1 April 2022

Today’s texts, following the Psalm, arise from contexts of raw living that have their parallels today, the survival of a people when their country is occupied – and adjusting to the task of maintaining community when sickness and prison chains bind us. Psalm 126 It happened beforeGod restored life to fullness‘Twill happen again. ***************************** IsaiahContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 1 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 31 March 2022

When one has been through the storm and come out the other side, one might sing a Psalm of reorientation. Such are today’s texts. Psalm 126 Restore us O GodAs we lick our fest’ring woundsreceiving your balm. **************************** Isaiah 43:1-7 Pass through the watersWalk through the hot fires unscorchedFor I am with you. ************************** PhilippiansContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 31 March 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 30 March 2022

When the foolish turn to God’s ways they discover an economy of abundance for the sake of Shalom, fulfilment for all (not the pale aberration of today’s prosperity doctrines). Psalm 53 Gladness enters inAnd blessing is well restoredWhen God is welcomed. ***************************** 2 Kings 4:1-7 The good oil is pouredBlessing that never runs outFeeds widowContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 30 March 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 29 March 2022

No wonder the Psalmist mocks the fools who say there is no God. God’s economy requires Jubilee balance which does not make unbridled profit a priority. It is measured not by hierarchy, but by mutual service epitomised in Revelation’s heavenly vision. Psalm 53 When all’s said and done It’s easier to deny God than toContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 29 March 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 28 March 2022

The Psalm is almost, but not quite imprecatory, perhaps because it is a choir piece intended for worship and it’s hard to curse and worship simultaneously! Leviticus lays out the ground rules for some festivals. Revelation affords us a peek into heaven. Psalm 53 Divine head must shakeAs foolish men run hitherWhisp’ring their nonsense *********************************Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 28 March 2022”