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WHAT IS THE "GIVENNESS" OF YOUR LIFE?

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a givenness to the saidandmeant

"Only one person survived.  She survived because she was sitting in a basement in a basement reading through the story of her own life, checking for mistakes.

Previously, the room had been declared too shallow, but on that night, October 7, it was enough.

The rescuing hands pulled Liesel out and brushed the crumbs of rubble from her clothes.  What they didn’t notice was that the girl was still holding the book.  


She was still clutching the book.

She was holding desperately on to the words who had saved her life.”

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief




I woke up this morning with one word in my head.

'Sediment.'

'Sediment?'  No.  I thought it was 'sediment.'  But it wasn't.  It was 'saidandmeant.'  Yes.  That was it.  'Saidandmeant.'

That’s what was in the tomb.  It was saidiandmeant, wasn’t it. Saidandmeant was left in the bottom of the grave.

If the word became flesh, in Jesus Christ, then it was ‘saidandmeant.’  

What is said, and what is meant, becomes sediment within me. 



…I have a givenness to the saidandmeant.

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a givenness to be a sponge

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I am thirsty.”

A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.

John 19:28-29




Mouth me.  
Your mouth.  Your mouth.  Your mouth.

And, your mouth.  

Then drink.  And drink.  And drink.  And drink.

And, drink.  


Drink.  

Drink from me.  


…I have a givenness to be a sponge.

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a givenness to the goating

"The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.  You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.

You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present, it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.

They shall take some of its blood and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel of every house in which they partake of the lamb.

But the blood will mark the houses where you are.

Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; thus, when I strike the land of Egypt, no destructive blow will come upon you.”

Exodus 12: 5-7, 13




The blood of either the sheep OR the goats is sacred.  

Remind me of this when I mark the foreheads of my children with the sign of the cross each night before they sleep.  

I have marked the houses where we are.  

See the blood.  Pass over.  Let no destructive blow come upon them.


The blood of the goats is sacred.  

The goats?

The goats.


…I have a givenness to the goating.

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a givenness to watching the words

"He switched off the light, came back and sat in the chair.  In the darkness, Liesel kept her eyes open.  

She was watching the words.”

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief




I watch for words.  

In the day.  In the night.  In the dark.  In the bright.

Words become, becoming, and became flesh.


…I have a givenness to watching the words.