May I present to you the first Mennonite woman in history to be ordained: Annie Zernike. This historic ordination occurred here in the Netherlands in the year 1911. The above portrait of Annie was created by her husband, the painter Jan Mankes.
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-- Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth's superb surprise As Lightening to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind
- EMILY DICKINSON
I'm thinking of quoting these exquisite lines in my sermon on Sunday. Maybe it's just me, but these words and this Sunday's gospel reading (John 20:1-18) seem to illuminate one another beautifully...
Today I read the following in a commentary on Exodus:
"When this understanding is combined with the source interweaving, the effect is a concatenation of images that, as with most liturgies, do not always sit easily with one another but provide a multifaceted look at the unfathomable divine deliverance."
(Terence E. Fretheim, Interpretation, p. 152)
I have never before heard of or used the word concatenation. So I had to look it up and share my findings with you.
According to my pals Merriam and Webster:
concatenate Function: transitive verb Inflected Form(s): -nat·ed; -nat·ing: Definition: to link together in a series or chain con·cat·e·na·tion (noun)
Crazy, eh? I challenge you all to integrate this word into your daily vocabularies!