Deconstructing and Repeating Scripture (Part 2)

"Creative Commons Bible, Reading Glasses, Notes and Pen" by Paul O'Rear is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Creative Commons Bible, Reading Glasses, Notes and Pen” by Paul O’Rear is licensed under CC BY 2.0

… Continuing a discussion that started in yesterday’s post.

2 Timothy 3:16-17   16 Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, 17 so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Scripture plays a special role in the life of Faith-ing. Through the witness of the people who live their lives in response to the call of God, scripture is the closest thing we have to actually hearing God speak. Because of this, scripture leads us into a healthy discussion about how we are to live in community. That discussion forms us and prepares us for our response to that insistent calling in the name of God. Perhaps.

Being spooked
by a calling,
a nudge
to think out-loud
to be seen and heard,
I am prompted
by an insistence
that won
’t let go.

I repeat
over and over
I am not a wise person
not a poet
not of any significance.

And still the prompting comes
to share my life — 
my being and my expressing,
over and over …
I am not done,
there is more to say,
more to share and do.

I am not finished.
no matter how hard
I try.
The insistence continues
to disturb my thoughts.

All those words about
God (perhaps)
cannot capture the feeling
the awareness of more…
of a larger Creation,
of One who called it forth

insisting on a response
of being, of living
and expressing.

This awareness
I must do it over and over
each hour, each day.

The oneness is like
a melody that stretches
forth into the future.
The tone of
a bell
that continues to hum
long after it is struck.
Yes I know that insistence
which will not let me go.

The response is the expressing
and acknowledging
of the reality.
The reality of an insistence
of God (perhaps)
that is what I write and
will continue to write
over and over.

For those caught in more traditional understandings, what I am doing with scripture is re-writing it to serve my own needs. In one sense that is true. The scriptures of both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible were written for a specific people at a very different time in history. When approaching scripture, I am attempting a re-framing, a repetition of passages. It is deconstructing those passages, removing them from their original contexts, listening for the echoes of ancient Israel and Yeshua. It is then repeating the possibility of those echoes for today, re-contextualizing them, re-shaping them with a worldview that is uniquely today’s. And “Yes!” that means writing our own Bible and, sometimes, recording our journeys with the re-formed passage.

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One Reply to “Deconstructing and Repeating Scripture (Part 2)”

  1. I like reading the flow of thought from one posting to another. Thanks for nudging me and encouraging my attention to the insistence of God, perhaps.

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