More On My Smitten Status With Fence Lattice

Yesterday I hinted with an illustration in my post that one of my favorite pastors is a goat peeking through a fence.

Now, some of my former pastors (we’ve recently moved and I am enjoying getting to know a wide choice of great church leaders in our big new town) would have been offended and confused by this insinuation.

I was raised to be civil and polite though, and I know that depending on the person, calling them a goat can be funny, nice, confusing or, just plain out strange.

Our two most recent pastors, I think, got to know me well enough to trust that they were being given a great compliment when I would come out with something odd rather than “great job at the altar buddy!” I try to continue to tell them that they do a great job and I felt spoiled under their care.

And I did fib a little bit. Among the animal Kingdom I’ve gotten attached to lots of species, but not yet a goat.

I wasn’t joking that wildlife and pets have always been a pathway to forgiving the harshness of life and understanding that no matter how much I screw up, the Holy Spirit is laughing with me, and never at me.

What got my sleep deprived brain to this silly image though, is that I really, really get what Rabbi Ismar Schorsch is saying in this article about how God’s love is, well,

freakish to many of us on a very regular basis.

I am officially smitten with the image of pastors being fence lattice, so my jump to goat ministry isn’t completely nuts. Here is a link leading to more from Rabbi Schorsch who posted in a great site called Beliefnet:

A Handy Blessing

A meditation on the priestly blessing and

God’s alienation from humanity

What do you think?

Pastors Can Be Imagined as Fence Lattice

NeatO as we used to say in the day.

I just stumbled on a beautiful image.

The image of God as lover is not new to me. And, when I stumbled on an article, that not only describes biblical reference to God as lover, I almost skipped it, as I am in a bit of a sulky and tense discourse with the Almighty.

The article has mention of an ancient image as Jewish rabbi’s being fence lattice. (click on the blue word to go to the article in

I am guessing that there is no harm in borrowing that illustration and applying it to the pastors and priests that have been a part of my faith wanderings.

I like that fence image. A lot!

I’ve been luckier than the rest of you (sorry, bragging rights here) with having friends and extended family who are the best pastors ever.

I’m on it. Not on the fence, but comfortably behind it, shaded by it, and protected by this inviting image of good pastors who filter the challenges and overwhelming nature of religion and spirituality alike.

For me, lattice is a very comforting symbol of both protection and filter, and is helping to soften the spiritual pout that I’ve already admitted is currently par for my course.

I am peeking from exactly where I am, and am not alone while I’m at it.