Meditation at Noon

These days its fashionable to worship
the footloose God, the God we’ve busted
out of the box to not be safe but good,
yes like that handsome Aslan (rawr).
But wasn’t the very act of incarnation
God boxing himself in? God tethering
himself to this dirty little tennis ball?
God limiting his usual wherever-the-
wind-blows-roaming and shackling
his feet to a particular planet/continent/
region/place filled with quite the cast
of characters not limited to but including
withered men/tormented women/scatter-
brained disciples and at least one Pharisee
who loved darkness more than light?
Maybe, as is sometimes the case, getting
God out of the box actually says more
about us than God, like maybe it makes
us quite cross to think inside boxes which
are kissing-cousins to crates, those cramp-
your-style-hard-to-breathe-in contraptions
usually built by wood/hammer/nails.

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  1. consolationofmirth on September 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I see what ya did, there.
    Gonna put this in my back pocket and ponder awhile. Way to rattle me in my afternoon cage, John. Mighty good.

    • thebeautifuldue on September 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Heather, a little rattled is okay, right? Thanks for your comment.

  2. megansayer on September 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I love your poems.
    One day, when we’re all in Heaven, you can come over to my patch, and by then I’ll know the words to tell you exactly what they mean to me.

    • thebeautifuldue on September 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Wow, Megan, thank you for those words. I agree with you, that one of these days we’ll ‘know the words.’

  3. christielambert83 on September 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Beautiful. I like so much about this (absolutely love the ‘rawr’, by the way!). I’m sure I’ll continue to think over these images…thank you for sharing.

    • thebeautifuldue on September 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Christie, glad you liked the rawr. I wasn’t sure about it, but I thought ‘oh well.’ Thanks for taking time to comment.

  4. whimzie on October 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Well, I’ve never thought about it that way, but that certainly makes sense. I need to chew on this some more.

  5. Wildatheart on November 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Wow I think i will mull over this one a while. I just discovered your blog today and I think God must have led me through the twists and turns of cyberspace to find this place…because your words are so humble and beautiful and He knows there is a message, or many, waiting here for me. I hope I grow into a quiet wisdom like yours.

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