• lenten journal: to mourn is to mark . . .

    by  • March 15, 2019 • 3 Comments

    to mourn is to mark . . . the moment when the world was ripped open, torn asunder and then not to hurry on the palpable absence of those taken—not lost, but stolen— and then wrap our arms around it the seduction of fear that disguises itself as revenge or even righteous indignation that...

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    lenten journal: evensong

    by  • March 14, 2019 • 5 Comments

    evensong these are the days when dusk feels indecisive, reluctant to bring the day to an end yet holding on for a few minutes more each evening, as though trying to make room for just one more thing. I love the long reach of the light, the fading fire that fills the horizon but...

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    lenten journal: the calculus of christ

    by  • March 13, 2019 • 2 Comments

    I led a Bible study Monday night at church looking at Mark 8 and the things that happened leading up to Jesus saying: After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me....

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    lenten journal: words and music

    by  • March 12, 2019 • 1 Comment

    As we finish up our first week of Lent, it seems a good time to offer some songs for the road. I’ve chosen songs that have come alive to me for one reason or another over the past months. Gillian Welch’s “One Little Song” seems a good place to start. gotta be a song...

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    lenten journal: the flavor of fear

    by  • March 11, 2019 • 4 Comments

    I have a growing collection of phrases that I have come across reading. I started writing them down just to see what they might become. One of them became the title of the poem below, though I’m not sure this is an ice cream shop I’d enjoy. the flavor of fear social anxiety a...

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    lenten journal: context

    by  • March 10, 2019 • 2 Comments

    This morning before church I read more of Seven Thousand Ways of Listening by Mark Nepo. He talked about how being on a snowy road one night sent him into a memory about his father. Nepo said, “When I returned to the snowy road, I wasn’t sure which road I was on.” Reflection on...

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    lenten journal: spring forward

    by  • March 9, 2019 • 5 Comments

    spring forward it is a childish act of communal arrogance to think we can change what time it is simply by agreeing to do so the sun will be nonplussed in its rising and setting, no stars will be dismayed the moon will not be late we have given our folly a name that...

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    lenten journal: weathered

    by  • March 8, 2019 • 3 Comments

    I started a new book today. I haven’t finished any of the others I am currently reading, but that never stopped me before. The book is Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred by Mark Nepo. It was a gift from a church friend who knows about my struggle with...

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    lenten journal: searching

    by  • March 7, 2019 • 3 Comments

    I saw an article several weeks ago that said a study had shown that people who surround themselves with books they have not read are better adjusted because they are continually reminded of all they do not know. I didn’t even have to finish the article to feel vindicated in my life choices. Right...

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    lenten journal: left undone

    by  • March 6, 2019 • 22 Comments

    I’ve known this was coming for weeks. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of my commitment to write every night during Lent. The mark on my forehead is a harbinger of marks on the page. But I wasn’t sure what I had to say, other than I meant to write more often during Epiphany. On...

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