Air and Smoke (04-03-16 Sermon)

In the face of death,
on Plymouth Avenue, on Maple Street,
on every corner and bedside where grief strikes,
sanctification happens in those places of desecration.
A festival for life is held –
God shows up
in bread and pie and sandwiches
and cookies and coffee,
like an altar spread across the kitchen counter,
like a sacrament served on paper plates,
like a procession of saints pulling up the driveway
with sacred gifts of food, drink, firewood,
holding each other closely
as if they are holding God –
because they are.
– Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer
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