“Quotable Quotes” for inspiration
“If you never use your desk as an altar, you’re gonna be in trouble.”
My friend Tex Sample said this once and I quickly wrote it down and it has hung in my office ever since. Along those lines, sometimes I like to place bits of paper with what I call “quotable quotes” or “liturgical fragments” around my office where they can just work on my imagination and inspire thoughts, prayers and stream-of-consciousness journaling. Here’s what I’ll live with for Advent and Christmas.
“for as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it
to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to
spring up…” Isaiah 61:11
“comfort, O comfort my people… speak tenderly to Jerusalem…” Is 40:1-2
“restore us, O God… let your face shine” Ps 80: 3,7,19
“we wait for new heavens and a new earth…” 2 Peter 3:13
“let us go and see this thing that has taken place” Luke 2: 15
“you will find a child…” Luke 2: 12
Perhaps this is a kind of “lectio divina” practice. Journaling using fragments from lectionary readings for the season coming up can produce “fodder” for liturgy and sermons. But most importantly for me, it serves as a way to steep in the imagery and prepare my soul for a spiritual journey. Tex’ quote reminds me that the work I do at my desk (which is a lot) is in-and-of-itself a holy enterprise. And I’m “gonna be in trouble” (read burn-out!) if I don’t remember to pay attention to what God is doing in the midst of my busi-ness.