Preparing Through Parable: Bursting at the Seams



…no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’
Luke 5:36-39




Sometimes one good metaphor leads us to another good metaphor. That’s why parables are well remembered as we can link them to our personal experience, even across millenia.

Unfortunately there are no new or old, full or empty wineskins lying around on the farm to help this illustration — all the animal bladders here are in full use by warm and furry  critters.

However, on the farm I have found skins that burst when the new breaks through the old.  The old skin becomes so tight and inflexible that new vibrant life can no longer be held within.  It is left behind, a useless shell:  still interesting, worthy of study, but in no way alive like the new skin.

Lord, help me wriggle free of my old skin even when I want to cling to it and help me celebrate the new way you have reinvented me.

May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand.  He prepares me with parable.







2 thoughts on “Preparing Through Parable: Bursting at the Seams

  1. Taking the plunge and discarding the old skin for the new is fraught with much concern – fear, at times – a feeling that perhaps we are all of a sudden naked and everyone is staring at us and wondering how we could make such a startling change. That worry does not last long, I have found. Once we shed the old thoughts and hidebound ways that were keeping us from the new and exciting ways of looking at the miracle of our faith, we are free to find the Jesus of the Gospels, the Incarnate God and, perhaps for the first time, REALLY, learn what he had to say – then and now. Realizing that He is always present to us (especially when we hit the rough spots on our journey) and that He will keep His promises to us, is the beginning of a beautiful intimate relationship with Jesus the Christ. THAT is the ‘More’ that we find. We are never the same after that….Lent is the perfect time to take that ‘new’ road.

    Thank you, Emily, for your inspiring thoughts today. Of the many things I have read that compare this metamorphosis,
    the shedding of our ‘old skin’ is perfect and so easy for one to identify with.


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