»God not only loves to hear our stories, he loves to tell his own. And, quite simply, we are the story God tells. Our very lives are the words that come from his mouth. This insight has always fired the religious imagination, refusing to be rationalized or dismissed. The conviction that we are God’s story releases primordial impulses and out of a mixture of belligerence, gratitude, and imitation we return the compliment. We tell stories of God.«  John Shea, Stories of God

For this reason we use this page to regularly offer new stories and reflections out of the world of literature, music and art.

Nächster Abschnitt

A new time: To whom shall we turn?

SOURCE: VANDA LAY © PHOTOCASE 2017

 

In the meantime, while people wildly speculate about what the time after the pandemic will look like, it has already come. We are already living in this new time.

 

I prefer to hold fast to the life instruction of the biblical stories. When new times dawn we do not require speculation, but orientation. What can we depend upon? Who or what is credible? Whom can we trust?

 

A dependable, credible and trustworthy companion of the People of God is Wilhelm Bruners. Be it his poetry or his stories, he never gives us cheap solutions or instant gratification, but something far, far more valuable: a direction in which life could be sought. He does this for the new time as well. If you give his poem a chance, the words will weave their way into your soul.  Then you will now the true genius of this storyteller of God. He knows how to place a compass into your heart.

 

A New Time

 

Take the new time

into prayer

it needs it

 

By no means are the prevailing idols

more human than the

old God of Sinai.

 

At least HE

-  in only 10 words –

told us where the path lies. And

when HE sees injustice

HE does not look away

 

When I think of Lady WISDOM

I hate my indifference

and the chatter

of the constraints

of the markets

 

Before the medial lies

I read HIS

oft-unheard WORD

about solidarity

with the hungry

And ask for insight

and the bread ration

 

those for this day

Wilhelm Bruners

 

 

Erik Riechers SAC

Vallendar, May 21st, 2020