Monday, November 21, 2011

A Handy Image

As I had hoped and predicted, the subject in church yesterday was the sheep and the goats on the left and right hands of God in Matthew 25:31-46, and you can read it here, in the Reflecting Pool. It is written by Bob Ryder, the husband half of the powerhouse duo that is Our Double Pastor, aka the s/he unit. I am comforted by Bob's suggestion that division into sheep and goats is "a handy image," not a casting of aspersion onto goats, whom I dearly love for their drunken goat cheese. (See handy image at left hand of blog.)

Though I did not attend church that morning, Matthew turned up at the kitchen table during the poetry workshop, as we tracked down a reference to "Rachel weeping for her children" in one of the poems, a New Testament Rachel (common name) weeping after Herod's murder of the children.

All too timely, this harming of the innocent by those protecting the powerful and the status quo. Sigh.... A reason to be blue on a Blue Monday, despite the beautiful blue sky. (See handy image at right hand of blog.)

Yet, in the midst of my country's current troubles, and trouble all over the world, I am thankful and full of praise and a sustaining joy as we enter Thanksgiving week. For those of you who celebrate this holiday, have a good one. I will probably post on into mid-week. If I am silent for a time, I am giving thanks with family.


Maureen said...

Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving, Kathleen. Thank you for all the riches here and at EIL (and elsewhere) that you provide throughout the year.

Kathleen said...

And thank you, Maureen!

Hannah Stephenson said...

Happy happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen! Hope it is refreshing and relaxing.

Kathleen said...

Thank you, Hannah! And to you, too!

Collagemama said...

The older I get the more I love the Thanksgiving holiday for it's simplicity and message. Have a wonderful time with your family, and enjoy the goat cheese.