Posted by: ruraleclectic | July 30, 2012

All Tangled Up

I preached on Ephesians 3: 14-21 Sunday. It’s a beautiful passage. I hate to admit that I often hastily read through much of Scripture, not taking the time to linger and let the richness and beauty of the words sink in, much like I often hastily rush through a meal and don’t savor the intricacies of the flavors. Ephesians is a letter to be savored, read slowly and purposefully, allowing the depth of the imagery to fill all the spaces in one’s heart and imagination.

Three years ago, I had a miscarriage. I had finally conceived late in life and felt so blessed to be carrying a child. I was devastated. It was then, that a friend in ministry sent me a note with only the following: Ephesians 3: 14-21. I was intrigued, so I reached for my Bible and for the first time, truly savored these words from Paul:

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

These are healing words. Living words. More than anything else, these words healed me. They made me alive once again.

So, as I prepared for this sermon, these words held the distant echo of that experience. My heart was full. I would be reading these words aloud and proclaiming the graciousness found within them to the saints that enveloped me and loved me through my past grief. The imagery of redwood trees was a predominant theme. Redwood trees grow to be so tall and majestic, but their roots are shallow. For this reason a redwood tree cannot stand on its own. But a forest of redwood trees get their shallow roots all tangled up together and can stand collectively for thousands of years.

Sounds a lot like the church to me. Sounds like family, too. We are blessed with each other and stuck with each other. But the more tangled up we get, the stronger we will be.


  1. oh missy it brings tears to my eyes i love you so much

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