Bodies, Membership and Generous Spaciousness by Brian Walsh

This past weekend, a wonderful group of folks gathered at Russet House Farm for our first Generous Space CampOUT.  LGBTQ+ folks, parents, and allies were beautifully hosted by the Keesmaat-Walsh family.  Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat are in the final stages of writing their commentary on the book of Romans – and many of us who have read their other published works are eagerly awaiting its release!  We were so blessed to have them share at the CampOUT some of their work.  Brian has given us permission to share this reflection with our broader community so that those who couldn’t come camping will have the opportunity to engage.

Bodies, Membership and Generous Spaciousness

A reflection on Romans 12.1-8 for the Generous Spaciousness Camp Out.

August 1, 2015

by Brian Walsh

Tomorrow is my 46th birthday.

Yea, I know that I look a lot older, but its true.

Tomorrow is my 46th birthday.

You see, on August 2, 1969, I was baptized in Lake Chandos, north of Peterborough, near the town of Apsley.

And I mark that day, as something of a birthday.

That day, I engaged in a very bodily act of being immersed in a cool lake on a very cold and windy day.

And this evening – the eve of my birthday – we read St. Paul appealing to all Christians to do something with their bodies.

“I urge you, therefore, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”