• lenten journal: still

    by  • March 26, 2016 • easter, hope, incarnation, lenten journal • 5 Comments

    Because I have now lived through the death of both of my parents, I understand more of how the disciples might have felt after Jesus’s death and burial. One of the hardest things has been to mark time without them. The first morning. The first month. The first year, and then the second.

    I think about them waking up on the morning after Jesus’s death. They didn’t know what to do. The life they had come to expect and expected to keep living disappeared in an afternoon. They were lost. And then the sun came up Sunday morning, and Mary went to the tomb only to find it empty and have Jesus call her by name.

    Over the years, one of the quotes during Advent that holds me out to the love of God comes from Meister Eckhardt who said,

    What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to the Son of God centuries ago and I do not give birth to the child of God in my time and in my culture?

    I came back to the quote tonight, thanks to my soundtrack for tonight: another Bob Bennett song called “Still Rolls the Stone.” Sometimes the word still means quiet. Not moving. But in Bob’s words, it means continuing, connected. God is still speaking. Love is still stronger than death.

    I tore off my grave clothes
    And cried a pool of tears
    For the voice of the Living One
    Who spoke the stars and spheres
    Has called me from my darkness
    And led me to this place
    Where the dead leap
    And the blind see His face

    Still rolls the stone, still rolls the stone
    Still rolls the stone from the grave

    Hearts aflame with mercy
    Like the sun in midnight sky
    While the doubter shrugs his shoulders
    And the cynic wonders why
    But as it is in Heaven
    So now we proclaim
    The Lord tells us here to do the same

    In the still of a Sunday morning
    A grave stands open wide
    And a promise kept
    While the world slept
    Means that no one is inside
    (Words & Music: Bob Bennett © 1985 Straightway Music ASCAP)

    Christ is risen indeed. May the reality of the resurrection lead us to offer life wherever we can. May we continue to do all that we can to remind one another the stone is still rolling.



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    5 Responses to lenten journal: still

    1. Maggie Dolbow
      March 27, 2016 at 6:52 am

      And Peace to you, Milton.

    2. March 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thank you, Milton, for contemplative aid during this Lenten season.

    3. Mia Brown
      March 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Peace Milton. You have touched more people than you can know!

    4. Susan
      March 29, 2016 at 12:03 am

      You’ll never know how important your writings are during Advent and Lent. I recognize the commitment you make to each of us on a daily basis. I appreciate you, Milton, more than you’ll ever know. Sending love your way along with a gentle hug.

    5. April 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      A lyric to die for…or live for.

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