Barbecue. (at The House Of Dreams)
Made in the Land of Wheat and Maize | Justin Vernon
In One Hundred & Twenty Seconds: The Joy of Sowing is featured this week on FoodieTV — a lovely app for people who love food and the places it comes from. In our initial conversation, Marc from Glam Media wrote “I know the piece is really about so much more than food (if it’s even about food at all) but I think our audience will respond to it quite well.” And he’s right. I do like that the film is a little ambiguous, for it leaves room for the imagination. (Adam Rush has written a great piece probing the creative process behind the making of In One Hundred & Twenty Seconds — it’s well worth a read.)
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I am coming out of a freeze, through a thaw, to spring
Six months it’s likely been,
Since I switched off the light
Of course I had no idea,
I would not have embarked otherwise!
If I even had a choice.
But looking back, what could be better?
Who, looking over at a crumbling house
Would knock it down for something new?
Who would not shut it down, wrap it in scaffold
Curb its attempts to wriggle and writhe,
Who would not underpin it,
Clean out the dust and dirt from its hidden dungeons?
Who would not renew its vision,
Reform its identity,
Replace its foundation?
The ungrateful house doesn’t understand
Until it sees itself again in the springtime sun,
Until it feels its new contours under the warmth of the season.
It turns its praise upon builder and architect,
Designer and decorator,
The one who restores it to life, to purpose.
Sometimes, wrongly, self.
By Tom Miles
The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbour as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church