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Shaping the Word of God

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You know,

It didn’t come with numbers

Chapters and verses

I guess the whole thing was recited

As a book, we say

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Then we moved on to another

The community

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The interpreting community

Setting doctrine

As a group,

A denomination

Or on our own

Without a magisterium

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Tricky doctrine-setters

How do they avoid a lie

In designation?

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Maybe with the humility

Of Pietists

Or the Amish who

Set salvation as

A conditional process

We hope we’re saved

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Meanwhile, we have

A book of books

Providing order,

Which is fine

Except when God is wild

In the wilderness,

Awaiting Moses

Beside the symbol and reality

(one comes first)

Of the burning tree

That will not consume

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Remove your shoes,

Moses,

This is not a nine to five

This is a place above the desert

Thin blue air

For food

And doctrine from a flame

And from the words

One hears

Through the host

That is speaking

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And if the order is to play,

Then be grateful

For bare feet

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And we believe?

Our committees

And our meetings

All things gilt or burnished

For the Sunday best

To be best?

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Might we go to Sinai

In a Thoreauvian way

Take all the time we need

Outside of shoes

To think it through

The bush will burn

There’s time

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If need be,

Chronos will slip into kairos

For a while

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C L Couch

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Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

Saint Catherine Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

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