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Monday, February 05, 2007

on death & dying

this weeks conversation was centered around this passage:
'i tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. but if it dies, it produces many seeds. the man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.'
john 12:24-26
ken made some great points. we dialogued about what it means to die-perhaps that means certain parts of us...much like ken pointed out in the previous passages we've looked at. die to selfishness and greed, to our prejudices, etc.
maybe it's not a full death of ourselves...maybe it's those certain places jesus wants us to be made new.
or perhaps it is full submission. a complete reworking.
the dialogue continues...

you are anointed
as you pursue what it means
to truly die.
while you struggle with the conflict, dichotomy, and the paradox
of birth
just as your birthing process into a life fulfilled seems painful,
so too may be your death.

you are anointed
as you probe and pry
what it means to release-
giving up control
allowing your body to be broken
insides exposed
and you heart rearranged.

as the canyons are etched away by the rushing water
as the desert sands are moved and formed by the winds
as the root and stem struggle to be released of their shell
so too are our understandings
are our desires
are our beings.

you are anointed
as the waters carve you
as the winds move you
as you push through
straining upward and bursting through
warmed by the sun


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