Detective of Divinity

September 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

That’s what Barbara Brown Taylor says preaching has made her.  I love the image. I like seeing myself, magnifying glass and trench coat, scribbling notes into a battered journalists notebook: Harriet the Spy for Jesus.

Last week, I stood slightly aside while people came forward for communion:  shuffling in sensible shoes, dancing in sparkly red mary-janes, teetering in quick high heels, ambling in worn sneakers. Close to the front, the sparkly mary-jones girl was pulled onto the hip of the sneakers man.  She lurched forward, grabbed a big hunk of the eggy bread.

“The body of Christ,” said the server, “broken for you.”

“Yes,” said the one in the sparkly mary-janes.

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, for MEEEEE!”

Her father carried her back. Those in high heels and sensible shoes smiled, amused.

He shrugs.

“She always says that.”

And the red sparkly shoes swing back and forth, back and forth.

“yes, yes, yes, for me,” she sings.

“yes, yes, yes, for me.”



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  1. 🙂

  2. I loooooooove Harriet the Spy.

  3. Such a wise one!

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