I am writing this on the longest day of the year. It’s crazy here in Alaska, where the sun takes only a two hour snooze (between 1 and 3), but otherwise the shining show goes on. Even here, near midnight.
From this tiny northern island, I pass it on to you, then, some of this long long light.
I'm sending more light than words this week. These last two weeks, I've spent most of my words. On a new book proposal. On a script that I’m writing for a film crew this fall. On a particular social issue. On a theological issue. (About one mega-church's "Patriotic Worship" Sunday, where everyone brings flags to church to celebrate first: their freedom as Americans. Second: their freedom in Christ. Did Jesus call us to worship freedom? Or our nation? Didn't he call us to worship him alone?
(What if we visited a Christian church in say , Slovenia, and they all brought Slovenian flags for "patriotic worship"? I think we might whisper, "Idolatry"?)
And now I've done it. I didn't mean to. We all have SO many words, don't we? Our world is all a-twitter, each one proclaiming his truths and her cause to anyone who will listen (as I just did). So many good and right causes worth speaking and fighting for. Yes, let us use our words for this!
But words are tempting, dangerous. Because WE are dangerous. They make us feel powerful. A man who lived more than 2,000 years ago looked around him and saw people speaking, using words amiss. They were counterfeit creators who sculpted statues and tried, like the Creator God, to speak their creations to life:
Woe to him who says to wood, “Come to life!”
Or to lifeless stone,”Wake up”
Can it give guidance?
It is covered with gold and silver,
There is no breath in it.
But the LORD is in his holy temple;
Let all the earth be silent
We don't need to fashion idols and beg them to speak. The problem is not that God doesn't speak. Our problem is we are too busy speaking to listen to Him. If we listen and look, what will we see?
"For the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord"
"The earth will be filled with the Knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea."
From this land of long summer light, may I pass on to you today just a bit of it? Can we sit here together, wordless, listening before this holy God? (Maybe with a little music?)
"The earth WILL be filled with the knowledge
of the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea."
Do you hear it?
This week, Lord, let me practice silence. Before I speak a word,
Let me listen long and well to you in all the light you have given.
I'm happy to announce the winners for Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom from Hurt and Hate
Lorna, Patricia A. Lynn Hyman, Sheila Smith, Cindy Lavoie, and Rosemary!
Your books are on their way!