It’s not to suggest that there is any special meaning when I share these things, but it’s just kinda neat: my Old Testament reading was about God creating man like himself (yes, I’ve started all over, in order to use a commentary); and then I read my post from two years ago titled “God Made Man Creative, like Himself”. I’ve linked it because of the fascinating subject matter, the play The War Horse, and the talk about the horse puppets.
Segue. Here’s a poem to help remind you that it is STILL summer.
The brow of a horse in that moment when The horse is drinking water so deeply from a trough It seems to inhale the water, is holy. I refuse to explain. When the horse had gone the water in the trough, All through the empty summer, Went on reflecting clouds & stars. The horse cropping grass in a field, And the fly buzzing around its eyes, are more real Than the mist in one corner of the field. Or the angel hidden in the mist, for that matter.
The poem is written by Larry Levis, and is titled “Anastasia and Sandman” for some reason. It goes on (and on and on) to talk about Stalin using horses for… well, never mind that–you don’t want to know.
NO segue now, unless I could say here is something you SHOULD want to know:
The next verses in Hebrews 13… remember verses 13 and following have been talking about “going outside”, and we inferred outside the church; as well as meaning that we should be generous with helping people vs religious rituals. Now the writer to the Hebrews brings us back to the Church again, so we know he’s not suggesting that we should totally forget about it:
“Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?” (Hebrews 13:17)
That seems to be a hard thing for us, often, to submit to the leadership. We need to remember that God HAS allowed them to be in that position. Yet people mask their criticism by saying one needs to be cautious about blindly following… Yes, it’s definitely important to know the scripture for yourself, but it’s not really that often that a pastor will go against it.