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Body as Community April 18, 2009

Posted by amberpeace in εκκλησία, Living, relationships.
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At 5’11” and 102lbs, she looks monstrous. Her hair is stringy, her eyes are hollow, and her nails are broken and yellow. She has arms covered in little bruises and burns, and her knees and enveloped in scars. She has fallen so often one wonders if she ever thought of staying down and indeed she has. Stumbling, she is shoved one more time and finds herself face down in pine mulch on a Smokey Mountain trail.
So this is where she ends, face down in mulch. Let’s not think about the components of mulch. But strong hands grab her and she is staring into the faces of loving Christs wearing tee-shirts and Chacos. The girl is led by the hand to the Table. There, the Christs wash her feet and hands. They brush her hair and bandage her wounds, and anoint her head and face with oil.
They sit to the left and to the right, all around the table. A bowl of soup is placed before her. In the center, a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine command the scene. A chunk of the bread is handed to her.
“This is for you.”
A glass of wine is poured and placed before her.
“This is for you.”
She eats; she drinks; she is nourished.
A Christ asks her a question.
“What is your name?”
“My name is Soul.”
The Christs nod, as if they expected that to be her answer.
She stays the night, and the next night. Soul feels no need to leave her sanctuary. Soul works hard, plays hard, and prays hard with these Christs. They constantly wash her feet and cover her head with oil. Soul, in turn, learns how to do these things to the others. She is there in eager anticipation when a new one arrives, there to care for them as she was cared for on that first night. Health returns to her frame. She suspects that the simple meals of soup, bread, and wine nourish her more than calories might suggest. Her nails grow, her eyes are no longer hollow. Soul has found body.

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Taking a moment about Jeremy December 3, 2008

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Life is hectic. This whole working and schooling thing doesn’t work easily (but it is working, I think). I get on my computer to check email and I think, “I really should go over and write. I have things to write about, and I need some non-school brain work.” Then I get distracted and forget a few days. 

I thought I would take the time, though, tonight. My mother called me to say that Jeremy was on the news, and that he died earlier today around 2pm. I wasn’t best friends with Jeremy – he was older by two years. His family is a loving and kind family, though. His mother I knew best out of all of them – she was always very sweet and kind to me. 

I remember in 2006 when I got the call half a world away about my cousin dying in a crash. No prep. This was not on the schedule for the week. Jeremy had been making progress, though the past few days he was having some trouble and a very high temp. As I back read through the messages on the facebook page about the updates on Jeremy, I saw that someone had written very early in the morning that Jeremy had coded twice today. It was fast. It was not in the plans of anyone this week for Jeremy today.

So I pray for the Fryes. Death is just a sleep, until the Ressurection and Judgement. The dead will awake from their sleep and be united with their bodies once again.  Jesus’ resurrection marks the beginning of a restoration that he will complete upon his return. Part of this will be the resurrection of all the dead, who will “awake,” be embodied and participate in the renewal. We look towards the ressurection of the dead, and the life in this world to come. Amen.