Sit Still!

A Texas company wants to resurrect woolly mammoths… didn’t they see Jurassic Park? Plus, we can’t keep species off the endangered list (polar bears!), do we really want to add more?

This morning we were running late. I had E at the table, breakfast set before him. “Quick, we need to eat…”, as I ran to get bags packed. When I came back he was standing with an ink pad and his triceratops stamp – food untouched. “Ezekiel!”, as I took those away, “sit down, we gotta eat…”

It is not just kids, humanity lacks self control. I was reminded of this reading Wounded Healer1 with Owen. Owen’s copy updates the language, but mine spends a chapter talking about “nuclear man”. Written in the 70s nuclear holocaust always in the back of our minds. My memory is of elementary school in the 80s, Reagan pushing the Russians, the doomsday clock ticking… hindsight relieves the tension, but I often imagined the world being vaporized. Or parts of it, with my child mind planning how we could survive.

More than once I wondered — not why do we have all these weapons. I understood once Pandora’s box is open, the evil spreads out uncontrolled — but, why did we ever open the box?

As a child I imagined adults were mature enough to resist opening the box. After all, they can sit still and eat their breakfast. But now I know the truth. We can’t help ourselves. Every box will be opened… its contents will spill out to wreak havoc. So we should get ready for woolly mammoths! And then dinosaurs to eat them… and probably us.


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15

This Sunday we continue the Re Solve series. Our daily readings are in Hebrews and this week we focus on Jesus’ humanity. He was fully human, but not like us. Because he gave control over to God’s will and in this he opened something else altogether – a flood to heal the world of Pandora’s Box! To prepare Read Hebrews 7 (or the full reading, 6-10). And join us at 10:30, live with masks or streaming on Facebook and Youtube.


  1. Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. It is a bit dated, but continues to be fantastic. “In our our woundedness we can become a source of life for others.”

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