THIRST DAY IS MARCH 21: “GOD GOT A DOG,” BY CYNTHIA RYLANT
Does anyone remember the movie “Oh, God,” starring John Denver with George Burns as God? Or do you remember the song “What if God was one of us?” by Joan Osborne? Or do you remember the TV show “Touched By an Angel”? Or for that matter, have you ever seen Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” that marvelous painting that shows the hand of God touch the hand of Adam?
I could go on, but there is a long history of artists who’ve attempted to represent Christian theology in their art, and specifically to represent how much God longs to be close to us, to experience what we experience, to have real influence over our daily lives. Jesus really did experience our humanity, of course. We read the gospels to understand how much Jesus loved us and continues to love us.
But Cynthia Rylant has taken a more whimsical approach to showing God’s humanity in her poetry. So for our next Thirst Day, we’ll read her book, “God got a dog” (illustrated by Marla Frazee). There are multiple copies in the church office you can check out, and it won’t take you long to read this. But I hope you spend some time savoring the poems. Which one touches your heart? Which one goes too far? See you at the parsonage on March 21 at 7:30 p.m.!
A special challenge for this next Thirst Day: write your own “God” poem and bring it with you! Think: “God planted corn.” or “God led the choir.” or “God taught English.” or “God coached football.” You get the idea!
If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, we hope to see you for “Thirst Day.” (You don’t have to read the book. Just show up for great fellowship!)
Thirst Day is always the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the parsonage. The “B” in “BYOB” stands for… Bible … book you’d like to share … topic that challenges your belief … or idea that makes you feel blessed. And bring a beverage as well. If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, we hope to see you at the parsonage for “Thirst Day”. You don’t have to read the book. Just show up for great fellowship!