Thursday, 2 February 2012

Our pastor came to see me on Tuesday, and he said an interesting thing.

He was quoting somebody else but I can’t remember who he told me said it first.

“Keys are a symbol of sin.”

Makes you think, dunnit?

“That’s true,” I thought. 


365 Day 33 (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here)

A disappointingly minute thing.  That won’t make much space, will it?  Never mind.  This is the kind of thing I tend to hang onto, lured by the “Aww how sweet” factor into acquiring pointless tat.  This small daffodil (the picture is larger than life-size) is of course the emblem of the Marie Curie nurses so at least it shows I gave some money to a good cause at some point.  I should have resisted their fake mini-daffs though and stuck to enjoying the real ones in the garden.


paula said...

Adorable! And just the sort of stuff that clutters our houses. "It doesn't take up much space, and it's sweet" multiplies in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

The first thing that springs to my mind is, 'Huh?' the second thing is, 'Why?'

I'm using words frugally today :-D

Pen Wilcock said...

Yes indeed!
Paula, remember to send me a comment with your address if you want me to send you that pinny!

Pen Wilcock said...

Deb - that's pretty much what Julie F said to me (by email because blogger still won't let her in - boooo!)

I think the thought was that the existence of keys implies the ubiquity of theft and trespass.

Buzzfloyd said...

I think that's interesting, but I'm not sure I agree with it.

One could equally argue that keys are a symbol of protection or safety, or of boundaries. One locks the cupboard containing the sharp knives so that the infant doesn't inadvertently hurt himself.

Why did God tell Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge? That was also a kind of key.

There are more reasons for locking something than to prevent theft.

Amy Smith said...

Yes, I've heard the same sentiment expressed in regard to locks. Along the lines of theft, yes, but also covetousness, I think, as well as violence and a multitude of other things.

In any case, I'm tracking. :)

Also, I've been giving a lot of thought to one of your recent posts, the one where you talk about different interpretations of certain scriptures... For example, the one where Jesus says He is the way, the truth and the life...

I am still trying to wrap my head around it, to be honest.

I did use you in a quote today, from the interview you did at the back of In Celebration of Simplicity, on my blog. I hope I haven't mangled it too badly and I hope you won't mind.

I find in embracing Jesus more, I am dropping more of my personal biases and allowing for more thoughtful consideration the minds and hearts of other truth seekers.

Hope that all made sense.

My thoughts are a bit muddled at present.


Rapunzel said...

Keys <-- Sin. I can see that.

During the happiest chunks of my life I've been keyless. I've lived in towns where a car was not needed. I've realized I literally own nothing worth stealing, so a locked door against thieves is not needed.

Now, far from town a truck key is occasionally needed.

We don't lock the house when we're gone. If some passerby was lost out here they might need shelter or a phone, and no one comes out this far if they're not either lost or related to us.

We do lock the front door from the inside, when we are at home and the big dog is out romping, so she won't push it open and let the heat get out and the hens get in.

Pen Wilcock said...

Hey, friends!

Buzz, I like the idea of keys being also a symbol of safety, and it rings true. I guess also one could see keys as a symbol of being let in as well as being kept out - hence the image of St Peter being given the keys of the kingdom. In that sense I think the keys are like keys to solving a puzzle - the way in to mystery, wisdom. And what about musical keys, too? The key-note.

Amy, I liked what you said on your blog. I was going to say "Go, girl!" (sorry, a bit trite I know), but I mistyped and wrote "Go, git" by mistake which I think might have been the Lord's way of saying "Don't bother" - but I'm with you.

Yes, Rapunzel, that's another one! An ignition key - a key to get something started! Good one!

Anonymous said...

I'm still pondering this. I think that I see keys as a way of accessing something that not everyone has access to. Privacy (to let myself into my house) Love (key to my/your heart) ...hmm, still thinking.

Pen Wilcock said...

Interesting, isn't it? Seems that some see keys as a means to let oneself in, others see keys as primarily to keep others out. x