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Saturday, September 16, 2006
Prayer Room
obscurity
small town
little house
nameless reputation of
irresistible
roof splitting
LOVE
jams every square inch
WORDS
transfiguring the
molecular properties
of air and water
and people
radiating
religion-shredding
holiness
beautiful
simple
unstoppable
. . . . .

Last Monday night a new door opened into an old room-- we began a 7 year journey into unceasing prayer at Asbury Seminary. The movement is forceful, fledgling and fragile. There is a sense of the brooding of the Holy Spirit over it-- as he brooded over the waters of chaos in the beginning. We consecrated the Fletcher Prayer Chapel on our campus in Wilmore as the prayer room.

As is our practice, each semester we release a Scripture Reader for the community as way of reading a common text together each day. (if you want a copy comment me with your mailing address and we will get you one in the mail Monday). Anyhow, Friday's reading was from mark 2:1-12-- the healing of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof. You can re-read the passage here. Following that was this fabulous word from Julian of Norwich which I don't have time to enter in now-- but hopefully later. As I read the text and the reading and thought about our prayer room in those terms-- the poetry above spilled out onto the page.
posted by John David Walt | at 9/16/2006 08:25:00 AM

 

13 Comments:

Anonymous Matthew said...

Can I actually leave my mailing address without the fear of revenge for a particular comment awhile back?

9:04 AM EDT  
Blogger Amie Lou said...

This is such a good thing. Such a very, very good thing. However inarticulate - I wish to be encouraging ;)

Smiles,
ames

9:23 AM EDT  
Blogger Eric said...

Can you email it JD. I would love a copy

8:25 AM EDT  
Blogger eli said...

i'd love one, jd.

8:44 AM EDT  
Blogger JohnDeere said...

FARMStrongers--- this particular reader, bc' of its artistic composition, cannot be emailed. it is not electronicably formattable.

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND I WILL SEND YOU ONE.

9:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Matthew said...

I'll give you my church address so my family doesn't have to experience any "surprise"

304 S Commerce Ave.
Russellville, AR 72801

4:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Jackson said...

JD-

Would love a copy of the reader.

Jackson Lashier
2422 E. Bradford Ave #3
Milwaukee, WI 53211

7:30 PM EDT  
Blogger George said...

Thanks
George Ezell
8014 Cedar Glen Lane
Louisville, Ky 40291

8:04 PM EDT  
Blogger eli said...

sorry, i never was good at following directions.
Rob Mehner c/o La Croix Church
3102 Lexington Ave.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

8:38 AM EDT  
Anonymous JP said...

John Page
P O Box 39
Graysville, GA 30726

2:23 PM EDT  
Blogger ray said...

JD-

I'd like a reader as well. Thanks!

Ray Hughes
201 E. Gulf Beach Dr.
St. George Island, FL 32328

11:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Jamey said...

Please send me one:

Jamey Lee
4488 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

9:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jamey said...

send me one JD,

4488 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

9:01 AM EDT  

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