Lenten Devotions: "Waterfall"
This Lenten season, Bread Blog will be running a series of devotions written by Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The reflections are based, in part, on the music of Peter Mayer, accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. The theme for this year's series is "Mighty This Love," named for one of Mayer's compositions (Listen to a special welcome message from Mayer).
“Waterfall drink your fill
Washing over you it spills
Night and day it’s runnin’ wild
We’re born to be a river child
Tossed about like a toy
From the badlands to good soil
We could’ve never bargained for
This mighty ride of Joy
This is Love that’s been spilled
This is grace that is willed
Every empty heart be filled
—Lyrics from "Waterfall," by Peter Mayer, Brendan Mayer, and Adam Guth
It’s all about baptism.
A while ago, I visited Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library—a museum dedicated to ancient manuscripts—a museum dedicated to ancient manuscripts. This place was built to house texts long before the word “text” became a verb. It is really a temple for the written word. The benefactor collected sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I spent quite a bit of time just wandering around and looking at these magnificent books, scrolls, and drawings.
Just as I was leaving the building, my eye was drawn to the lovely display of water picture above.
I thought to myself, Wow, if I was in charge of church architecture, I’d want every worship space to have significant sacred space dedicated to a water feature.
For me, it’s all about baptism. It tells us who we are and whose we are. Peter calls us “river children,” for it is “love that’s been spilled, this is grace that is willed, every empty heart be filled.”
Photo: The pond in the atrium of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland. (Courtesy of Ron Glusenkamp)
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