“The owner of the house will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare for us there.” Mark 14:14-15
I am caught up in the dreams and visions we tell while sheltering at home, yet so very present in this upper room we make together. Here there is beauty shining in each face, each voice, in the stories we tell of past journeys and in the stories we want to tell into being. I watch and listen and find myself drawn to images, no one of which suffices. For now, that is where I want to dwell, what I dream of making . . .
“A spacious second-story room, swept and ready,” awaiting our presence . . .
A room spacious enough to hold Passover unfolding . . .
Exodus tells the Passover story of the Israel’s liberation from Egypt (in Hebrew, Mitzrayim) More a state of being than a geographical place, the term holds every experience of being stuck or in narrow straits. Mitzrayim represents institutionalized oppression and degradation and more. Passover delivers us from whatever squeezes life out of the human soul and body — constricted opportunities, tight control, and narrow-mindedness where movement is severely limited, wherever we are unable to be ourselves, express ourselves and be free. For us, the meaning of Passover opens to include Jesus’ Passover into glory, every one of us, and all the world’s desperate longing for deliverance from Mitzrayim.
A room for breaking bread, washing feet and being washed in turn . . .
A place for nurturing aspirations and leaning into possibility . . .
A room where we can be known by our wounds and loved . . .
A room open to the surprising in-breaking of the Christ, risen and unbounded . . .
A room for awaiting the Spirit’s breath and fire . . .
More chuppah than structure, its sides are open and welcoming . . .
A chuppah (Hebrew: חוּפָּה) is a canopy under which a Jewish couple stands during their wedding ceremony. It symbolizes God’s presence at a wedding and in the home being established under the canopy. It is said that the divine Name hovers above it, sanctifying the space below. The chuppah is a covering, yet open on all four sides, just as the tent of Abraham and Sarah was open for hospitality.
Here is plenty good room to move, to sing, to dance . . .
As we learn to make our whole life an upper room . . .
From here we are sent into the whole world to preach Good News . . .