Remnant

 My mother carefully saved remnants from a lifetime of sewing

in a closet in her sewing room.

There lived a brimming-over bounty of

ribbed burgundy corduroy, pajama-smooth flannel,

perky cottons, formal wools and tweeds.

Many of these cherished fragments came alive again –

as quilts or trim or lining,

even as new garments.

The retrofitting pleased her as much as the original creation.

A remnant survives in the Church, as well.

Christ–followers, like precious squares of silk or satin

hunkering down in the back of the closet,

long for a clarion call to action.

Christ–followers in camouflage wait for

 the pecking order to tire of power struggles,

 for comfortable pew – sitters

to weary of their facades and those around them.

This remnant longs to catch fresh Spirit breezes,

yearns to be jolted alive

 to inspire a world of people who grasp for hope –

only to see it slip through their fingers.

The time for resurrection and retrofitting is here!

Christ’s clear call still resounds in the universe:

God still wants to redeem His people!

Now is the time for the remnant to speak its mind,

share its heart, forgive its woundings, and heal the broken.

Now is the time; tomorrow may be too late.

 

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4 Responses to Remnant

  1. Carol McGeehan says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how we move forward in this surreal new reality, in a time of deep divisions in our nation and the church. Let us remember to obey Jesus’ call to care for the poor, the oppressed ,the immigrant and God’s creation. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall obtain mercy”, and also,”As you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me”. Micah 6:8 says, What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God”.Let’s start today.

    On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 3:34 AM, Living as Apprentices wrote:

    > livingasapprentices posted: ” My mother carefully saved remnants from a > lifetime of sewing in a closet in her sewing room. There lived a > brimming-over bounty of ribbed burgundy corduroy, pajama-smooth flannel, > perky cottons, formal wools and tweeds. Many of these cherished fragm” >

  2. covenyk says:

    VERY Meaningful!!!! Well written. Thank you!

    *“You’ve got to love or you’ll never find your soul’s purpose. *

    *You’ll never find the deepest meaning of life itself.”*

    *Richard Rohr*

    On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 3:34 AM, Living as Apprentices wrote:

    > livingasapprentices posted: ” My mother carefully saved remnants from a > lifetime of sewing in a closet in her sewing room. There lived a > brimming-over bounty of ribbed burgundy corduroy, pajama-smooth flannel, > perky cottons, formal wools and tweeds. Many of these cherished fragm” >

  3. Coral says:

    Beautiful

  4. Ruth Evenhouse says:

    The morning after a divisive election, beautiful, inspiring words.

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