Parables

Matthew 13:34-35 KJV

[34] All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: [35] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Oh, so you know the Greeks? I ask you as you tilt your head and flash a wry smile “I know it all–all of you, all of this” the smile says. And I cannot help but love you.

We are sitting at my yellow girl-sized craft table, teetering on those little chairs they make for children so their legs won’t have to dangle and swing. So we can feel big when we are still little. Sip the most reassuring tea from my miniature plastic tea set. Reminisce about old times. I think it is amazing you have so much time for me–time for us when all around the stars spin and blink as by your hand —your strong right hand and your word sword-in-the-mouth word you speak infinite worlds into being

Always bigger than before.

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This Shorter Catechism for Atheists

How big is the atom?

The radius of a single one…

…Is 1/10th a billionth of a meter

Itself a string of them end-to-end in line…

…would be…

One for each human alive today…

…Strung together, microscopic pearls

Or this–

last of all…

…sugar cube congregation

Of atoms–

Held in the palm of one pierced…

…More in number than 

All the stars…

If you can count them…

Rare Earth

Go outside
And look for the bright red dot
Momentarily swung close
Before it spins away again
The armadillo I saw today did not know how close to impossible and controversial it was
On the cool grass
Manicured yard
Spring sun

Do the math
Of precise chemical composition
And impossible rocks
Flung out
By a boy skipping them
Across water

We all have a white whale
An impossible box

Open it
Open it

Christmas.

Isaiah

Isaiah 34:4,11 (NIV)
All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree. [11] The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.