Vacay was wonderful, but now it’s time for me to roll up my sleeves and get back to work! Many thanks toReverend Mommy for filling in right before her medical episode! Having been on the nursemaid end of that drama only seven weeks ago, I understand how frightening it can be. Speedy recovery, Reverend Mommy!
I usually take my first peeks at the Lectionary here. Sometimes I find a text that does not appear in most RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) lists. This week was one of those times. I am concentrating this week on theIsaiah 65: 1-9 text. When I read the text, the phrase “wine in the cluster” is what “shimmered” (to use a $3 seminary word).
Wine in the cluster speaks of great potential, great hope, to me. When God could give up on us, God does not, for God sees the wine that is still waiting, still growing in the cluster of grapes. God sees what we are yet to be, even when we feel as if we are dying on the vine.
I’m also thinking of the amazing story of Paul Potts (not to be confused with Pol Pot) this week. If you do not know this story, you can see it at Quotidian Grace’s place here and here. Even if this story does not make it into my sermon–and who knows, it’s only Tuesday–it makes me smile.
What about you? Any shimmering going on out there this summery day?