Saturday, August 27, 2005

August 28 Sunday thoughts - I am not preaching this week but have been thinking about the readings. Click Here to read them.
Moses and the burning bush intrigues me. So much of nature seems to be holy ground. The long sandy beaches with basalt headlands found on the Oregon coast, our church camp near Esterbrook, Wyoming, and many other places evoke a sense of union with the Divine.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning writes:
"Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God. But only he who sees takes off his shoes and the rest sit around it and pick blackberries.”
Arthur Ocean Waskow and Phyllis Ocean Berman write: "Moses chased after the dancing lamb just as it disappeared around the mountainside; tripped, cut his knee, lost one sandal in a bramble patch. He rose hobbling, saw another patch of brambles — burning.
Yelling "Oh my God!" he dashed to clear a firebreak lest flames spread to the other dry thorn bushes on the mountain. His other sandal clattered unheeded off the path. He tripped, fell into this blazing bush, moaning, "Oh my God, my God." Click Here for the rest of this meditation.
The burning bush can be seen as Moses' shame of being raised a son of privilege while his sisters and brothers live as slaves. This shame rises up as he tends his sheep in the wilderness. God calls him to use his gifts and life experience to free the people. In this moment of awareness, when shame of life circumstances and choices are turned to gift and opportunity, the ground becomes holy. How can we open ourselves, allowing the Holy One to transform our lives into Holy Ground?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Very Well-Rounded

You have:
The graph on the right represents your place in Intuition 2-Space. As you can see, you scored above average on emotional intuition and above average on scientific intuition. (Weirdly, your emotional and scientific intuitions are equally strong.)

Your Emotional Intuition score is a measure of how well you understand people, especially their unspoken needs and sympathies. A high score score usually indicates social grace and persuasiveness. A low score usually means you're good at Quake.

Your Scientific Intuition score tells you how in tune you are with the world around you; how well you understand your physical and intellectual environment. People with high scores here are apt to succeed in business and, of course, the sciences.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 66% on Scientific
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You scored higher than 44% on Interpersonal
Link: The 2-Variable Intuition Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid