New Beginnings, Prophets, and the Complexity of Truth
This is the first edition of the blog coming to you from my new pastoral home at Grace Lutheran in Brownton, Minn.!
Until the philosophy
Five Beautiful Things
Concerning the godawful mess that she made
When she told them her truth just as hard as she could
Her message profoundly was misunderstood
And humans in charge of the saving of souls
And humans responded all over the world
Condemning that bald headed brave little girl
But so was Picasso and so were the saints
And she's never been partial to shackles or chains
She's too old for breaking and too young to tame
In terms of a target a big silhouette
But some candles flicker and some candles fade
And some burn as true as my sister Sinead
I found myself thinking, today, as we march closer and closer to Christmas and to celebrating the birth of Jesus again - of John the Baptist, and the Old Testament prophets.
Of John the Baptist, Matthew wrote: "Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey."
Matthew is making sure his readers know that John is no ordinary guy. Maybe someone would sing about him, "Maybe he's crazy and maybe he ain't," as Kristoferson sang about O'Connor.
People on the margins, the ones who seem crazy or different or out of step with the rest of us -- they're often the early alerters, the canaries in the coal mine - who remind us of something that needs to change, a warning -- even when we'd rather look away.
I'm reminded here too of climate activist Greta Thunberg, today named TIME's Person of the Year.