Monday, August 13, 2007

the way

Yesterday, at our worship gathering, Mark taught about the difficult words of Jesus in John 14:6...

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Kevin Reeve, who is a part of Crossings community, wrote this poem based on those words. I wanted to share it with you for two reasons: 1) its freaking good. And 2) because I am so proud, humbled, and blessed to be a part of a community of people who are so talented and so creative...and in so many different ways. And who so freely share those talents and those gifts.

Here it is...

everybody wins:
anything else
an approximate grace
a synthetic
on the way
but not the Way

the Way
is a man
not a mantra
a direction
not an equation
transforming action
not a transaction
a methodology
not a theology
a pearl in a field
to be discovered
or passed over
under all

this mercy
the shocking openness
the sheer availability
sometimes lost in translation
the context is crucial
intended as comfort
a farewell assurance
a promise
a weightless yoke:
love my way
it’s the new rule
all before it

mistaken as a wall
misused as a sword
misapplied as limiting
and combined
with dangerous words—
election, chosen, few—
this mercy
has disabled many
its simplicity
simply missed:
the Way
the Truth
is His life

I make videos of myself mutilating Ken dolls and Kevin writes things like this?! Man, its a good thing that our community has a variety of gifts.


Taylor said...

DUDE...That guy should be yall's worship minister.

bill said...

no...i am the worship minister. why do people keep trying to give away my job?! its my stage and i'm not giving it up. jeepers.