From Weeping to Life
Sermon on Election

When You Hear the Voice

Out on a limb

We see God where God shows us God, sometimes in our own thoughts, words, and creative expressions.

God comes into the scattered dust of our existence and there is something metallic in us and magnetic in Truth that draws us from randomness to reality and purpose.

Sometimes, it is an angel voice that calls and sometimes our own random seeking that draws, but always, always, always, there is an invasion of divinity into our little conclaves of humanity that speaks with clarity.

If we will hear, we will hear.

Angela Maria Autsch

She heard and became a conduit for that voice:

Born this day in 1900 – Angela Maria Autsch, German nun, died in Auschwitz helping Jewish prisoners (d. 1941) .

While in prison, she sought to encourage and cheer her fellow inmates. It was said of her that she was "a ray of sunshine in deepest Hell".

E a housman

He heard, and passed it on as verse:

Born this day in 1859 – A. E. Housman, English poet and scholar (d. 1936).

"The house of delusions is cheap to build, but draughty to live in, and ready at any instant to fall."

"Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists?
And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists?
And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air?
Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair."

"Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle,
Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong."

"The troubles of our proud and angry dust
Are from eternity, and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale."

"Good-night; ensured release,
Imperishable peace,
Have these for yours,
While sea abides, and land,
And earth's foundations stand,
And heaven endures."

Ruth in Boaz's Field

He heard and painted:

Born this day in 1794 – Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (d. 1872)

Camp david accords

They heard and made peace:

On this day in 1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C..
The courage and perseverance of three world leaders meant that the peace between Egypt and Israel has lasted since the treaty went into effect, and Egypt has become an important strategic partner of Israel.

The peace remains fragile, but it is peace.

Is it urgent

Is it urgent? If so, what is the source of the urge? Is it essential? Then of what is it the essence?

Things are not always as locked in as they seem. This is the soil in which I will prayerfully dig at the crest of a new day.

Perhaps I will hit bedrock.