on communion, community, and imagination

I missed church today because of sick babies. I know that you know how their sickness is literally all over me. I’m oozing garlic’s potent natural medicine. My trendy bangs part in the middle, slicked. 

Sunday’s usual songs aren’t reverberating behind lunchtime conversation. I’ve missed the embraces at the back of church service – the taste of the shot-cup vine and the holy dissolving bread crumb. I’ve missed the murmurs, invisible halos landing on haggard souls, the hand-fulls of praise, the proclamations.

Now that I am learning to find my rest, I have an eternal longing to agree with the saints and have them agree over me.

God is good. God is good. His love endures. His love endures.

I am out of juice and nothing but a sunny day’s chain saw sings, but my spirit drinks to its Maker. My spirit is hungry to be housed in His risen, healed flesh, to smell like Him and not like that of a death.

Imagine Him emptied:

Take and drink Elixir Freedom.

Eat Elixir Fragrant Life.


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Reply March 1, 2009

missed you too!

the domestic fringe
Reply March 1, 2009

Wow! That was an amazing piece. I do hope your babies are feeling better.


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Reply March 1, 2009

I hope your babies get better.

And praise the LORD that communion with Him can linger outside of buildings and walls that house His people.

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Reply March 1, 2009

Sick babies = no fun. I pray that they will be better soon and you can commune with your brothers and sisters once again!

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Megan @ Hold it UP to the Light
Reply March 1, 2009

I missed communion today, too, because I was working....BUT....I would have missed it anyway because it SNOWED here in Alabama. You know what that means. Churches and roads and common sense were all closed for business. Praying they will serve it next week!

Reply March 1, 2009

Megan - you have made our favorite quote of the week!

"Churches and roads and common sense were all closed for business. "

I mean, seriously, that is so true and such a southern way of putting it.

Thank you all for your prayers.

Reply March 1, 2009

hope the babies get well soon. your writing is beautiful-thanks for sharing. :)

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Reply March 1, 2009

If it helps, I've been sick, so my bangs are slicked down the middle, too. I look so hot right now. SNIFFFF!

love you. Hope the boys get better soon.

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edie wadsworth
Reply March 2, 2009

....and I love what our pastor says as we leave the rail, "Christ's body and most holy blood STRENGTHEN you, preserving you in TRUE faith. Go in peace to serve our Lord, for you are FREE indeed. (my emphasis)

love you and wishing you free and flowing bangs and better babies!

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Ann Voskamp @ Holy Experience
Reply March 2, 2009

You write and it's art and I see glimpses of the Master.

Good to have communion in this place, Amber... so good.

All's grace,

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