In the language of "left brain, right brain" constructs, the scriptures for the weeks of August call upon our right-brain gifts. We leave the world of what we can see and touch and document and enter a world of imagination and creativity, a world of poetry and emotion.
We pass from the last vestiges of the wilderness and the prophet of the wilderness, Samuel, to the courtly chronicler and the beginning of the record of the Kings. We had begun such a transition last month with the movement from the swift action and immediacy of Mark to the leisurely contemplation of the meaning of it all in John.
There is a world of human experiences in the scriptures and many ways in which those experiences are shared. Let us be open to them all. This is our Story. These are our spiritual ancestors who are speaking to us. What can we hear from the Hebrew record, from the gospel, from the epistle that will speak to us today so that we can, in our own voice, pass the Story on?
Between Heaven and Earth
Psalm 130; 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51
The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children." No more graphic example of that proverb is given than the household of David the King. David, the winsome, fearless, gifted shepherd boy grew up to be a powerful leader who could rule kingdoms but not his sons or himself.
David did nothing to prevent the rape of his daughter Tamar by one of his sons. But her brother, Absalom, the half brother of the rapist, took his wretchedly used sister into his household and for years plotted revenge. With revenge accomplished, he then conspired against his father, making it necessary for David to flee for his life. In pursuit, Absaloms glorious hair was caught in a tree, and he died as he had lived, hanging between heaven and earth.