“Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?”

“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.
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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 . . .

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 . . .

3 thoughts on ““Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?”

  1. I LOVE the image you raise of “preparing the spaciousness,” which you’re concretizing with the Upper Room art. We do all need an Upper Room experience, and that seems to be precisely what so many people are lacking.

    It seems like your move toward listening is part of your preparation for spaciousness.

    During our conversation today, you asked: “What if I throw a party and no one comes?” Can you be at peace with continuing to tend to creating spaciousness within yourself and all around you? Can you trust that the right people will show up?

    What do you dream might happen in the places of possibility you describe?

  2. Thanks, Sarah. The unexpected appearance of one possible party-goer before the table is even set was affirmation enough. One is not no one. I trust there will be others who are hungry and longing to celebrate. I’m sure there are other boxes in closets waiting to be opened with care. Listening to this beautiful soul and other potential guests will help me shape the party. I sense that I’m being transformed these days and I know not to get ahead of grace. I’m content to let it all unfold in its own time.

    In our first FIR conversation, you brought up the “upper room” image. Translations differ, but one evangelist relates Jesus’ question as “Where is ‘my’ guest room?” not ‘the’ guest room. That “my” calls me and anyone who enters to deeper listening. I will let that realization begin to shape a dream of what might fill this space.

    It might help me to hear how you gathered your book party.

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