UP IN ARMS TO OPEN ARMS

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘Jumbo’s Hide, Elivis’s Ride, and the Tooth of Buddha’ by Harvey Rachlin.

Today I pray, “Dear God, What are some fun and fascinating little articles of wisdom for this day? Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage on page 152:

“The blade contains an engraving in Spanish (whose view is partly obstructed by the scabbard), which, roughly translated, reads, ‘Draw me not with anger, sheath me not without honor.'”

I’m going to take a double-edged sword approach to this one. If we wait for when we are no longer angry to draw close to God, we may not then be comforted at a time when we can be sent joy and sweetness and lightness of life. When we draw nearer God in times of erupting upset and grave hysteria, we may miss out on a tender connection in which God’s work ethic shines through, meeting us at our intentions to help God help us. Yet in the midst of our being up in arms, we are welcomed into God’s Love with open arms. Because there is no irritation, temper, or hatred that God will turn away from when we turn to God for guidance and grace. God puts heart into every response, no matter how we approach. And may we walk away from every prayer with honor and account for what has taken place. We have been heard. And faith has been glorified.

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