I didn’t think the word pocket appeared in the bible – but then that’s because my mental version of the bible is an old one. But type ‘pocket’ into a BibleGateway search, and there are quite a few. References to lining your pockets, emptying your pockets, and to pocketbook – which is an Americanism, I think, for a list of your possessions. And keeping stones in a pocket, as well as firing them from one!
When purchasing a coat, something I do as infrequently as possible, it is the pockets that, for me, are the main feature. Well, pockets are my handbag. I don’t want designer ones, but ones that will hold keys and wallet, pen, and accommodate my hands! Extra pockets are always handy to have, as long as you remember that you may have put something there, especially when you can’t later find the ‘something.’
Pockets are gravitational devices, of course. I’m sure you knew that. Unless they have been thoughtfully designed, trouser pockets have a habit of failing when you are sat down – particularly in cars – and the contents can sneak out without you realising.
Pockets haven’t changed in size much, but what we can put into them has. A credit card gives you a large amount of money to store in there. Your phone probably holds your lp collection and is also a desktop computer, games console, home cinema and library. And an international phone box and telegraph machine. We like pocket-size things.
Here’s something pocket size that was one of many useful, inspired suggestions. At Nexus we have been looking at the purpose of church gathered together, and church dispersed. We haven’t finished yet – it will over-run to the next session, and then beyond. We tried to put into words what church is for. I like this compressed version.
If you do it, it expands to fill the world, as the waters cover the sea.