Being shaped by life experiences, it happens to all of us. For me I was, and still am, influenced greatly by music. Music resonates deep into my soul and causes me to move and feel at an emotional level that many times words of everyday speech just cannot grasp. Music speaks to the fibers of my being, and as a child, one song that had significant impact upon me came from the movie, Mary Poppins. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, ” Chim Chimney”, and a “Spoonful of Sugar” are usually the ones most people remember, but I was really attracted to the song, “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag).” The old women who sold food to feed the birds around the cathedral. There was a mystery about this woman. Not everyone could see her, because as Mary Poppins said, some people couldn’t see past the end of their nose to notice the women, her needs, and the need of the birds. Their lives were to busy to pay attention. They didn’t have awareness beyond their immediate circle of life. Their view was turned in and could only see a narrow view of all that lay before them.
On this website, it is my hop that I am held accountable to having eyes that are open, that allow me to see past the end of my nose, to the world around me and the needs of creation, and that through words and ideas, creative messages, and imagery, I can help others eyes be open, to be aware of new ways of thinking about things. It is also my hope that the readers of this blog, you, will join me on this adventure, for my eyes, even when open, still only see from my frame of reference and we need each other to help clear the path of vision, encouraging one another, and working together to have sight that sees beyond the our collective nose.
To do this, I will use a variety of media formats. First there is the written form. Then there is a link to my facebook page, “The Bond of Together” using the “go live’ feature to make short video. Lastly, there will be a Pod-cast (coming soon).
Each format for conversation operatives under some very basic principles. First I am a christian Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. While that might be my title, I can honestly say, I wear the pastors role just a bit differently than what one imagines. I believe that I am free to engage in honest, helpful, and healing conversation, investigating stories, to bring about connections between people. I do not fear, speaking to others, becasue their story and experience is a valuable part of the world we shared. Second, the guiding practices is that of love. Love God, Love others. From that place of love, we can engage in conversation without fear.
I also follow Micah, chapter 6 vs 8,”What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with him.” For me the conjunction ‘and’ in the verse is very important. We cannot simply practice justice. Justice without kindness is not restorative, which I understand as God’s desire for us. So participating in the triad, justice, kindness, and a humble walk with God, is the key to the engagement of this space, all wrapped up in a desire to love God and love others.
Welcome to the conversation. All of you. Let us share in the story.