Text: Psalm 51:1-10
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions
written in sand (Wikimedia Commons)
Find some sand, or loose dirt in which you can “write” down your transgressions—the ways you may have violated a rule, a command, or a duty, or crossed a boundary or exceeded a limit in relation to God, to others, to yourself. When you have written them, sit with them for a while, and then erase them, blot them out.
How does it feel to consider your transgressions? How are they always a part of you? What is it like to have them blotted out? Can you leave them behind and start over anew?
– Andy Kille
“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weely resource for engagning the Bible in a new way, published by the Educational Center
Text: Mark 3:20-35
Hall Freud Jung in front of Clark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”
The recent film A Dangerous Method tells a story of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud along with a psychiatric patient named Sabina Spielrein. In the course of her successful treatment, Sabina has an affair with Jung that changes both their lives. The charges of adultery and unethical practice are part of the scandal that includes Emma Jung who countenances her husband’s behavior and stays with the marriage. The closing scene of the film shows Sabina leaving Jung for her journey to Vienna to work with Freud. Jung sits alone and says to himself: “Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable to go on living.” Continue reading