In our daily prayers God was every manner of image and metaphor and meaning, and always, "God the Father." We never ever prayed to "God our Mother." What were women in the economy of God? The answer was only too painful: We were invisible. I had given my life to a God who did not see me, did not include me, did not touch my nature with God's own....Joan Chittister, "Called to Question"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Proper 25B

A reflection on the readings for Proper 25B: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 or Jeremiah 31:7-9 • Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22) or Psalm 126 • Hebrews 7:23-28 • Mark 10:46-52 by The Rev. Crystal Karr

Job lost a bet he never made.
We call him patient.
We call his wife a fool.
His friends call him sinner, hating his sin and begging him to repent and to be healed.
He cries for justice.
He calls for God to face him.
He demands.
He dispairs.
He is not patient.

God comes.
God comes demanding answers.
God speaks from a tornado
God cries too.
God cries the pain of creation.
God cries for what man has said is evil and doom but God loves and made.
God rebukes the friends for they did not speak the truth, they spoke what was easy.
God cries to Job,.
God talks with Job.
God sits with Job.
God heals Job.
God restores Job's wealth.

Job knows injustice.
Job prays for his friends.
Job gathers his friends and family.
Job names his daughters.
Job gives his daughters an inheritence.
Job knows injustice but does what he can.

Job was a good man.
Job knew suffering.
Job knew sorrow.
Job knew pain.
Job knew betrayal.
Job knew that somethings lost can never be replaced.
Job knows that all's well that ends well is just a lie.
Job knows that joy can come again but it doesn't drive all the pain away.
Job knows that flowers can bloom in the shit, but the shit still stinks.