A taste of shalom.

God showed up again today. I was early for a new devotional gathering and watched for the women who said they would be joining me.  None of them came.

(photo taken from Memorial Park, Jacksonville, FL, as a storm rolled in from the west side)

I couldn’t help but notice three women huddled around a nearby picnic table, celebrating the arrival of a box of Krispy Kreme by diving in. I said hello and asked them if they’d like to have a little devotional time. They asked me if I wanted a donut.  I joined them and made a bad joke about our feast being a particularly “holey” communion.

Two more ladies wandered over and, in fairly short order, we entered into a time of prayer.  One woman asked if she could sing – bringing a musical gift that was an answer to prayer for this non-musically gifted priest.

We read from John, about the Samaritan woman at the well. We spoke of living water that can quench the most intense soul-thirst.  And of that deep sense of hunger through which God calls us.  We prayed for one another and for all who hunger and thirst.  Then more song.  And joy.  Not a crazy, emotional, hyped-up joy but a deep sense of the goodness of God, of Love that is everlasting and available to all.

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Our discussion of the reading from John called to mind this beautiful psalm of lament from Ann Weems:

Come, Holy One,

feed to me a taste of your shalom.

Come, lift to my lips

a cup of cold water

that I might find my voice

to praise you

here in the pit.

Pull forth the hosannas

from my parched lips,

and I will sing to all

of your everlasting goodness,

for then the world will know that

my God is a God of promise

who comes to me

in my darkness.

–Ann Weems

(a portion of “Lament Psalm one”

from Psalms of Lament, p 4)

About Mother Beth Tjoflat

Episcopal priest, urban contemplative, playwright, lover of hounds, American of Chilean-Norwegian-Moravian descent. Interests include transformational ministry with the forgotten and marginalized; church planting and congregational development; 12-step spirituality; Hispanic ministry; radical hospitality, and spending time with dear friends.
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6 Responses to A taste of shalom.

  1. Robert Askren says:

    Wow! This is real ministry! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Fr. Bob Askren+

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  2. Bob+ says:

    Ya gotta watch out ! God’s liable to show up most any place! Good job going to the highways and byways . . .

  3. Erin says:

    You describe the scene beautifully… I could see it in my mind’s eye. What a tender communion of hearts!

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