Awakening a Keen Observer

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I'm not preaching on Trinity Sunday. One of my friends read the scriptures and said she was going to preach about dancing with God.

When my dear Mom, Betty Giltz, had a very bad reaction to some medicine she was taking she very suddenly lost her wits. She couldn't complete sentences, didn't know our names and this all happened overnight. We were sitting in the living room as I waited to get her into the doctor and she said. "Oh my," and very sweetly held up her hand, "this finger and this finger are really sad because they won't see each other again." (She pointed to her index and then baby finger.) She looked up at me smiling and said, "Oh, Bobbie, don't be frightened, I'm dancing down the street with God."

The medication made it through her system and she was 'alright' again but some years later when she died I remembered those words...don't be frightened, I'm dancing with God.

Every day we have times when we are not sure if we have all our wits about us and yet we don't let go and dance with God.

I think that we are just so worried that if we let go of our pretended control we would just float off the planet. What, we will defy Gravity?

Grounded in faith, God holds our feet to the ground always...except when we are dancing!

God Abides
Good News
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pentecost image

Awesome thank you to the artist He Qi

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Pentecost 1

Like the unpredictable weather
the Spirit spills onto the people
and they have voices to praise God
and are made one.

We are coming up on Pentecost Sunday. I wrote this Haiku about Pentecost starting with the Genesis Tower of Babel where the people were scattered with different languages and then where they all came together in one language.

Hands build tower to God
Scattered no words can be shared
God can not be reached

God listening still close
Gathered God comes down in Spirit form
Words spoken understood

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Friday, May 07, 2010


So Yesterday I get in the mail a new book in a series of Bible Commentaries on the New Testament Book Titus and 1+2 Timothy. I sat in the comfy chair in my office and began to read. It is so beautifully written. It gives wonderful background on the texts. So I get to the 'troubling' part of Titus where it talks of submission and it is dealing with it well. Where it says. These women are 'to be reverent in behavior.' I read wondering where it would go. It gives some detailed information about Greek here. "The compound hieroprepies (lit., fitting for a sacred place or purpose)was used by classical authors to describe priests and priestesses, sacred possessions, and translated 'holy and venerable."

Now here comes the part I love...

"Philo used the term to describe the Essenes, whom he understood to be living life as a kind of sacred liturgy and able to speak of the dedication of human faculties (thought, speech, and sense perception) to God, thus making them 'sanctified and holy." It is perhaps NOT going too far to suggest that Paul saw the behavior of these women as a kind of living liturgy."

Living Liturgy Don't you love that phrase? What if all of us lived that way as one whose life shows that which one believes? That if all of our living was linked to the One who gives us life!!!!!!

Ok? Does it strike you interesting? Or have I lost you reading this? I really want to discuss this. I find it fascinating. Is it just me? leave me a comment

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey
working to "be living life as a kind of sacred liturgy"

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Awe SOME!!!!

WE should thank the Hubble telescope for the images that have caught our breath over these years. They are Awesome in the truest sense of the word. They bring us closer to God and the amazingness, (is that a word?) of creation.

So enjoy
Find something amazing in your life... and let me know
God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey