• lenten journal: specifically

    by  • March 22, 2018 • community, healing, lenten journal, love, poetry • 3 Comments

    One of the cool things I got to do this week was be a part of the book launch for David Finnegan-Hosey’s new book, Christ on the Psych Ward, which I had the honor of editing. A group of about
    fifty gathered at Potter’s House in Washington DC and heard David interviewed by Mike Stavlund, a fellow author and a friend. In the process of the interview, Mike commented on a particular sentence from the book where David wrote, “I was saved by specific people doing concrete things.”

    The rich theological and relational truth of his words sent my mind to one of my favorite scenes from The Breakfast Club—the makeover scene—when Allison asks Claire, “Why are you doing this?” and Claire answers, “Because you’re letting me.”

    The risk in relationship goes both ways. Sometimes is may even feel more difficult to be saved than it is to do the saving. Either way, it happens in both words and actions—in concrete things.

    specifically

    the time you left a note
    the night you drove me home
    the way you call to check on me
    the time you paid my bill
    the day you came to see me
    when you picked up the phone
    long after it was dark
    when you listened
    when you called me out
    when you stood with me
    at the funeral
    the time you said you loved me
    and the time after that
    when you sat with me
    and said nothing
    the gift in the mailbox
    the food in the fridge
    when you laughed at my jokes
    the time I cried and you did too
    when I forgot what mattered
    and you forgave me
    the night you called
    and said you needed help
    love leaves fingerprints
    on every surface

    Peace,
    Milton

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    3 Responses to lenten journal: specifically

    1. Maggie Dolbow
      March 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      I love “love leaves fingerprints….”

    2. Suzanne Cate
      March 22, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Yes!

    3. Claud
      March 23, 2018 at 6:32 am

      I’m grateful we can share our fingerprints.

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