That Instant Untimeless Moment

You know that moment
(or is it an era or an eon)

that time in which space expands
(or does it contract)
or rather that space in which time
runs faster or stops all together…

that moment when you must
step up or step back215c6d2a3dbe7a61fed6c481f0147db9you must be quick-eyed and instant
not sluggish, slothful, mesmerized
by the glimmer of light on the waves
and the ripples of the sea towards the shore…

you must take your chin from your knees
raise your nose to the stiff water breeze
and let your hair blow free and unafraidtumblr_nx6zipp7261snvb88o1_1280I have heard a lot of empty words
devoid of solid stance and foundation

in that expanding time,
that folding space,
that instant

Leaving Behind Red Cup Christianity

Drop mic.

john pavlovitz


Christians, I think we’ve been exposed this week.

I think the world has seen us clearly and we’ve seen ourselves—and it isn’t very pretty.

We’ve all witnessed that our faith tradition has become so small and so trivial and so terribly malnourished that it can now fit into a little red cup.

It’s all right there in the palms of our hands, in full view of the watching world.

This Red Cup Christianity

… thrives on the fight. It needs an enemy to exist, a battle to feel vital, a cause to rail against to give it weight and meaning and urgency.

… is born in privilege. It expects to be catered to and to control in all situations, not realizing that this was never promised nor necessary nor normal.

… defaults to feeling persecuted. It perceives everything less than completely conforming to it as an assault and attack and injustice.

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