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This week we began a season of plundering the treasure of the biblical songbook. The Psalms invite us, by song and prayer, poetry, ecstasy, and tragedy - to feel, to think and re-think, to touch the depths of our inner light and darkness, and to listen as our inner songs harmonize with the songs of light and darkness among our community. It draws not on intellectual theology, but the experience of life held in the suspension of a dynamic faith. Psalm 88 invites us, maybe more than any other Psalm, to apologetically unfiltered, and even offensively honest, expression.
This week we began our discussion on the book of Psalm with Psalm 88. This Psalm is notable as one of the only Psalms that never turns -- its language never shifts from that of grief, suffering, and anger to that of joy, hope, or praise. In this Psalm, the writer cries out to a silent God. We considered that this cry to God may not be so much a call that expects a response, as it is a desire to vent his frustrations. It is a cathartic response to work out his grief and pain in the midst of it. We noted that not only is the writer cut off from God, but he has also been cut off from his community. We considered that a person's connection to God may be felt through their connection to their community. Therefore, there is a connection between the absence of God and the absence of the community.
Finally, we discussed seasons of darkness, such as the one that the writer faces. The writer states that he finds more comfort in the darkness than in God. We considered that darkness is not something to be avoided, and how art and beauty can be created out of it when we are honest about sharing it, and expressing it to others. We considered that darkness is in fact a necessary part of our journey, and that honesty about darkness is the only true path to life.
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We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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