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Sunday in worship we talked about Flower Bombing, using this provocative and paradoxical graffiti art created by the artist collective known as Bansky. It was part of our contemplation the two encounters with Jesus that we read of in Luke 7:1-17. The invitation was for us to realize that while we encounter Jesus in both the stories of scriptures and our own lives, people around may encounter Jesus in us: the way we act, speak, curate relationships, rest and give. In our age of polarization, politicization and division (which started long before election day); we might just be invited in and through faith to be provocative, active paradoxes, launching not molotov cocktails, but bouquets of flowers, in order to sow disorientation in our damaged, despairing and dissatisfied world.
At the end of worship everyone present was invited to come forward, select some flowers (subversively chosen to reflect both the national colors of our country and the team colors of both teams in the Super Bowl), and to freely give them to someone during the day – anyone. On the street. In a restaurant. At a Super Bowl party. A neighbor. The intent was to simply give, to love generously, to provoke an encounter through unsolicited generosity. The act could be accompanied with any sort of word (preferably positive) ranging from “Have a nice day!” to a conversation about Luke 7:1-17.
Did you take the challenge?
What did you do with your flower(s)?
What type of encounter did your flower bomb provoke?
What did you get out of your flower bombing?