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    lenten journal: dance

    by  • March 28, 2015 • lenten journal, music • 1 Comment

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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: content

    by  • February 27, 2015 • hope, lenten journal, music • 1 Comment

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    Content. How you pronounce the word in your head as you read will determine the definition you infer. con-TENT in a state of peaceful happiness. satisfied with a certain level of achievement, good fortune, etc., and not wishing for more. CON-tent the things that are held or included in something. the amount of a...

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    lenten journal: lament

    by  • February 24, 2015 • grief, hope, lenten journal, music • 3 Comments

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    The last two Sundays I have had the privilege of playing music in church with my friend Terry, who is one of the best harmonica players I have ever heard. Soon after we moved to Durham I was asked to sing at the sixtieth birthday party of one of our church members. I sang...

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    lenten journal: linger

    by  • February 23, 2015 • lenten journal, music • 8 Comments

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    When I sent out the call for words that might be a part of my Lenten Lexicon, my friend Beth sent the word “linger.” I love the word. The online dictionary gave three definitions: stay in a place longer than necessary; spend a long time over (something); 
be slow to disappear or die. Since...

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    lenten journal: why

    by  • February 21, 2015 • grief, hope, lenten journal, love, music • 1 Comment

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    In my days years ago as a hospital chaplain, I spent a lot of time working around the word why. In the context of illness and terminal diagnoses, the word was neither helpful nor hopeful. Why did I get cancer? Why is my father dead? Any answer comes up lacking because it seems to...

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    lenten journal: jazz

    by  • February 20, 2015 • faith, lenten journal, music • 7 Comments

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    I can’t claim to know very much about jazz. I did see Miles Davis perform once—and he played the entire show without ever speaking to the audience. He did speak on other occasions and said things like this: Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there. Sometimes you have to play a long time...

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    advent journal: singing in the dark

    by  • December 16, 2014 • advent journal, music • 2 Comments

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    Going to the mall each day means being inundated with holiday music — well, the same ten songs. I thought tonight I might offer a soundtrack that has found me in these days. Talking about Patty Griffin’s “Mary” a couple of days ago set me to thinking. My list is by no means exhaustive,...

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    advent journal: first lines

    by  • December 13, 2014 • advent journal, music • 2 Comments

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    I was going back through some poems and found this one, so I spent a little time revising it and offer it anew tonight. Feel free to sing along. first lines I pulled into Nazareth was feeling ‘bout half past dead I don’t want to hear a love song doctor my eyes have seen...

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