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    lenten journal: tension

    by  • March 29, 2015 • hope, incarnation, lenten journal • 3 Comments

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    Palm Sunday is always a bit of a struggle for me. I feel conflicted, torn, not really up for the celebration because it doesn’t ring true since I know the rest of the story. I understand how Jesus’ “triumphal” entry into the city fulfilled the prophecies and made for good theological theater, but I...

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    lenten journal: dance

    by  • March 28, 2015 • lenten journal, music • 2 Comments

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    Dance. If Ginger were writing this blog post tonight with this word in mind, I can guarantee it would have a completely different feel and would involve “Uptown Funk” in some way. What’s really played in the record player of my mind for a couple of days are waltzes, which are, I think, my...

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    lenten journal: passageway

    by  • March 27, 2015 • grief, hope, lenten journal • 5 Comments

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    Passageway. I was one of the words that showed up when I crowd-sourced my Lenten Lexicon. Tonight I figured out why. My plans for the evening have been laid out for a week: cook and watch basketball. I’ve been looking forward to it. I was flipping back and forth between the early games when...

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    lenten journal: periphery

    by  • March 25, 2015 • lenten journal, poetry • 2 Comments

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    rush hour was a contradiction this afternoon—I could see the stalled cars for what looked like miles in front of me, so I dove for the exit and the open spaces. I saved no time, but I did keep moving, winding down Durham roads I rarely travel; my daily world is small. I would...

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    lenten journal: story

    by  • March 24, 2015 • america, change, hope, lenten journal, stories • 1 Comment

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    Saturday when I arrived at work I met one of my colleagues who was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Stories Matter.” Naturally, I wanted to know the story behind the shirt. He told me it was for something called the 12×12 Initiative that is a twelve week road trip across country, starting yesterday from...

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    lenten journal: ordinary

    by  • March 23, 2015 • hope, lenten journal • 1 Comment

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    Ordinary. Look it up and you will see the dictionary doesn’t deal with the word too kindly: of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional; plain or undistinguished; somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre; customary; usual; normal. And yet, I’m happy to report today was an ordinary day—and it was good. According to the...

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    lenten journal: thankful

    by  • March 21, 2015 • community, gratitude, lenten journal, poetry • 1 Comment

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    “As we dedicate ourselves to one another, and thus experience daily and directly the diverse array of gifts that contribute to our living, gratitude will take its rightful place as the fundamental disposition that guides and forms our ways.” — P. Travis Kroeker “Communities of care are sustained by rituals of regard.” — bell...

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    lenten journal: intention

    by  • March 20, 2015 • durham, food, lenten journal • 0 Comments

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    My friend Claudia is an artist and graphic designer here in town. We get together about once a month for lunch. Besides just hanging out and catching up, she brings some sort of drawing and I bring a poem and we swap them with each other. The idea is then she goes home and...

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