I am reclined this morning on one end of well-worn brown
leather sofa, black coffee near at hand, my laptop atop my lap. Conveniently,
it is held in place by that protruding portion of my abdomen that overlaps my
waistline and also serves as a convenient snack tray. I try to see this is as a
blessing, but most blessings I enjoy are well-wrought and gleaming. This one is
pasty, soft, expansive, and lumpy.
We are told our bodies are temples. To what heathen god,
then, has this been erected? I am 230* pounds of flesh and bone (flesh mostly),
underworked and overfed, misshapen and hairy and graying. I am weary from too
much rest—so comfortable it hurts. The
portal is expansive, the veil is stretched; my altar, I fear, is all table and
There is a time and place for opulence, but it is not my
midsection at 42. Time to tear down this sprawling pagan jumble and put up a
tent, a table, a candle, and a cross.
Three days may not be enough.
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