RAY CONNOLLY - BEING JOHN LENNON: A RESTLESS LIFE
SNOW PATROL LIVE AT THE SSE, BELFAST - 8.12.18

NO SOUL WIPE

Refiners Fire

We had the privilege of  my dear friend Rev Doug Gay preaching for us in Fitzroy this morning. The lectionary readings of Malachi 3 and Luke 3 had Doug sharing God's desire to purify us, from our self indulgence and lack of motivation towards justice, with fire and soap. 

My heart was warmed with the inspirational challenge. When I had my Damascus Road conversion as a 17 year old I didn't commit my life to Jesus to get a 1/10 or 5/10 life. I wanted 10/10 - life in all its fulness. That is what I sensed Malachi's message of refining was all about.

So, as we went into communion I used this poem. I don't want what Malachi preached against - second best!

 

Don’t give me an analgesic soul wipe

Or a sanctimonious side swipe

But a sacramental hit when I’m just ripe

Burst the bubble of the selfish me

Not a dull dumbed down drab drone

Or a monotonous mumble and mad moan

But the glorious song that I’m not alone

Love to fire what we all could be.

 

Don’t give me easy empty cheap cliches

Or weightless words to get blown away

But some substance of soul to fight the decay

Poetic imagination that redeems

Not a rut that we cut way back when

Not the hurt of history again and again

But a done deal hope that grace can send

Seeing visions and dreaming dreams.

 

Oh this can be useless hobby

And I can be a sad time waster

The the bread and wine and follow

As a radical audacious dreamer.

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