Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Jane Savage

6 Dec

Week 2: Peace
Today’s Scripture:
Nah. 1:15
James 3:13-18

Part of the poem “Revolution Letter #4” by the old beatnik Diane di Prima reads:
Left to themselves people
grow their hair.
Left to themselves they
take off their shoes.
Left to themselves they make love
sleep easily
share blankets & children
they are not lazy or afraid
they plant seeds, they smile, they
speak to one another.

The world di Prima crafts exists wholly unburdened by selfishness, oppression or fear, unmarred by excess, pride or greed and untouched by preconceived notions of status, expectation or success. She weaves a vision of authentic abandon, one that may even seem liberal or countercultural. But when I read this poem, I envision the New World. I revel in vivid images of universal love that look like a cluster of families dirtying their fingernails in the rich soil of a potato farm in preparation for that evening’s dinner; that sound like the deep laughter of women sharing secrets around a kitchen table as their children play; that smell like the honeyed aroma of roasted corn over a mason fire; that taste like ripe grapes off ancient vines in green vineyards; that feel like warm grandmother hands against cold cheeks.

I recall the urging in 2 Peter 3 that reminds us to “daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival.” And I wonder how cognizant I really am of the coming Restoration. Do I pine for it? Even in my revelatory daydreams, do I reside in the eternity of it? Am I presently, in this moment as these letters bind, actually and fully aware of the very real Return of our Savior? And does my life reflect in every fleeting second I stand in the grocery store line or pump gas at the station, our call to live “holy and godly” lives?

Peter writes further that “galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heaven and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness” (The Message). What hope! I think to myself. Of course I fail, certainly I fall short and in my conviction… I doubt. Doubt my goodness, my sanctification, my worthiness of salvation. Oh sick and dark the twisted lies of Satan, that we might think for a second ourselves worthy of salvation! Or somehow able to win goodness or sanctification by gold stars on a behavior chart. What hope, what peace of mind and heart that I may rest in the victory of righteousness, in the destruction of death and fear and falling short. For may the words of Nahum echo on the back of our ear drums: “Look, there, on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you.” The final Reconciliation is coming, peace and joy, harmony, unity, restoration, and most of all love coloring its coattails.

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2 Responses to “Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Jane Savage”

  1. Annie Freeman December 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Jane, this was a timely read for me this afternoon. Thank you so much for your faithfulness.

  2. Andrew December 14, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Wow Jane, People have told me how much they appreciated your reflection and I completely understand. This is very well throughout, rich reflection on something that is very neglected by probably most people and myself. I love the ideas of finding peace not only in what Christ has done, but also in what is to come. While the future no longer scares me, not knowing what is to come still causes anxiety at times. I do know what is to come, thank you for reminding me. These are only a couple of ways your words from God affected me.

    Thank you for being open to the spirit and remembering what is normally forgotten

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