• lenten journal: digging in

    by  • March 5, 2014 • faith, hope, lenten journal • 3 Comments

    my job tonight was IMG_4065
    to mix the ashes
    and the oil making
    from the charred remains
    a paste of penitence

    the sacred soot stared
    from the bottom of
    the plate as I poured
    olive oil from home
    and began to stir

    the ashes stuck to
    me like skin like they
    knew me turning the
    lines across my palm
    into an ancient

    map of heart I looked
    as though I had been
    digging in the dirt
    even now my nails
    are outlined by an

    ashy shadow a
    call to dig a grave
    to plant a new bulb
    in the same motion
    a farmer of faith



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    3 Responses to lenten journal: digging in

    1. March 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      The very first journey I took with you was Lent, several years ago. Your daily writing cracked something open in me.

      I am so grateful, and glad that the journey continues, fear and trembling, death and resurrection. Thank you for your words and their influence on my life.

    2. March 6, 2014 at 6:43 am


    3. amy davis coplen
      March 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Beautiful. I appreciate your writings. This one reminds me of a camp when we shared the Lord’s supper and you asked why do we just take a tiny crumb of bread when it is passed. God offers us so much and it’s like we are afraid of it….”come and see…take and eat…” I think of that moment each time the bread is passed or taken…25+yrs later…
      Thankful for you in my journey.

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