One of the most beautiful gardens in Britain is at Highgrove. In a tucked-away portion of the garden stands a wall created of what appears to be broken pieces of stone carvings and architectural masonry. Some pieces are stone masonry samples; others broken or damaged works by student artisans. The assembly of disparate pieces of English limestone could grace a museum in any part of the world. As if pieces of cathedrals and halls of learning had leaped together, the wall is an act of grace, moss blending both edge and color. It is called The Wall of Gifts.
Between cornices, stone leaves, and rampant lions, rows of limestone in lapidary form bring the larger remnants home. The Wall of Gifts is not accidental art but the bringing together of hundreds of creative moments into a new expression. No one creative moment gets lost in the new. It is stone and fluidity, math and music. Beside and around the wall, shrubs grow and leaves fall.
You are mine. Not my possession; my beloved.
You are mine. I delight in you. I will restore you. I will not let you go. I will write your name upon my hand. You are mine. What I have begun in you, I will complete. I will be with you in times of trouble. You are mine. I am the Good Shepherd. I have called you by name. You will be like a stream whose waters never fail. You are mine. I will never leave you or forsake you. I am the bush which burns without consuming. Let us reason together. Taste me and see that I am good. You are mine.
Beloved, I am yours.
God of my heart, You have taken what I thought was a mistake, Broken. Looking back, I see You have built a place For green things to grow.
This week we celebrate the birth of Jesus! Isaiah reminds us that all that God does, including the sending of a Savior, flows from God’s compassion and steadfast love. The psalmist declares that from the angels in heaven to the works of creation to all the kings and peoples of the earth, all should praise the exalted name of God. The “horn” is a metaphor used elsewhere in the Hebrew scriptures that is traditionally interpreted by Christians as a prophecy of the Messiah. The author of Hebrews emphasizes the humanity of Christ. Christ fully partakes of our human nature so that he would understand our weakness and fully execute his role as our high priest. Matthew interprets through prophecy the perilous early travels of the young Jesus.
Read Isaiah 63:7-9. How has God’s presence saved you?
Read Psalm 148. How can you praise God for the glory of creation around you in your daily life?
Read Hebrews 2:10-18. How does your relationship with the Child-of-God-Who-Is-Humble help you understand yourself as related to all other human beings?
Read Matthew 2:13-23. How has your church or faith community made the choice to act in the best interest of the institution rather than to follow God’s way of humility?
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