Saturday, November 17, 2012

Quilts, death and food in heaven....

The highest bid for the star quilt is now $600.


I am somewhere between humbled, in awe, grateful and flabbergasted! Thank you to everyone who has been interested, passed the word along, made bids. THANK YOU!

And a special and huge thank you to Bonnie Anderson who came up with the idea, organized, and promoted the bids for the quilt. She will be receiving bids until Monday --to be safe, put your bid in early Monday. You may bid at her Facebook page, here --send her a private message and she will respond.

Thank you. And please keep the good people of the Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission and all who live here in your prayers.

Last night we began a funeral --with the all night wake. After the gathering, readings and prayers, I offered healing prayer and anointing. Folks who were present at the death were coming up and asking for prayers --they couldn't get the image of the death out of their mind's eye. Please keep them in your prayers.

So today we will complete the long and difficult journey to the graveside --and then return to the church and feast together --a foretaste of the Great Feast which awaits us all --marinated beef, fry bread, macaroni salad, potato salad, and probably cake. Sometimes there is the traditional soup of wild turnips and onions, boiled with dried meat. but vegetable eaters --beware....

--I wonder... what will we eat in heaven... --at that great feast... will the barnyard requirement of taking life to sustain life still rule? --will spare ribs or jerky be verboten? Will it be affirmed that vegetables have sensory perception too --and so eating them will be out of the picture... ?

I, for one, do not want to exist forever on spiritual food... I want a swimming pool full of tapioca pudding.... and to sip once again on Drambuie (alcohol long gone in our house in honor of my beloved's sobriety)... or perhaps champagne.... and cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto... ham biscuits--southern style....

Real food that requires death....

--and will I lay down my life in heaven too? --for a great life again?

At prayer this morning (beginning at Luke 16:10)

Jesus said, “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Huh... replace "faithful" with thoughts of life and eternal life.... Is wanting a swimming pool of tapioca pudding (you know, made with real egg whites and real vanilla and all the real deal --not the prefab caacaa they try to sell in the market) --is wanting that being devoted to another master?

Hmmmmm.... does an Incarnate God infer the real deal in food?

Just wondering....

"read, mark, learn and inwardly digest..."

Joel says that what we eat in heaven is the Word of God....

Jesus said, I have food which you know not...

--well, heck....

Quilts, death, food in heaven....

2 comments:

Kirkepiscatoid said...

I suspect food is a metaphor. Meat or no. Our favorite food pales in comparison with the heavenly banquet. My most favorite food? What I have will be better, and I'll never miss it!

it's margaret said...

kirkepiscatoid --can't eat a metaphor! --not in this house!!!!