Do you remember the first time you realized that you were good at something? That you had some talent or skill that meant something to you and that maybe in some way was a blessing to another?
The writer Frederich Buechner says that, “the place where God calls us is where our great gladness intersects with the world’s great need.”
You have been created in the image of God, you are a created creator. And you have been invited into God’s creative work — the making new of all things. We have, however, been born into a culture that teaches us to be spectators and consumers. The Spirit and the scriptures invite us off that road and onto the road to true life.
Join us this Sunday as we explore the kind of life that pours out from the intersection of our uniqueness and God’s infiniteness.
- Bobby Spahn
We have seen the pileated woodpecker,
barrel-chested and chisel-beaked,
head ablaze in triangular flame
finding forest snag,
beating rectangular holes into
a dogged campaign against the culprits
of decay: makes a meal of carpenter ants,
wood-boring beetles and termites.
overzealous, these birds sometimes
split a smaller tree in two.
and so a long dead tree,
now vacuous and strangely free
finds itself curiously repurposed:
home to small-beaked swifts, bats and
owls. unchanged in frame, still bent
and curling the forest skyline
but spinning out on the inside
new life chirping in its hollows.
Foxes have holes and birds their
nests, but where will
you find to rest? you have
beaten your head against my dull
and calloused heart. it’s pain
that finally lets you in.