lenten journal: then and now

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Most every year, I am struck by how hard the story must have been to live through the first time around when no one had any inking of Easter on Good Friday. Here’s how that idea came out tonight.

then and now

by the time Jesus died
most everyone had left
him in failure or in fear

that first time around no
one had seen the ending
friday seemed quite final

between noon and three
I bought groceries for
sunday morning pancakes

we’ll eat together after
we worship at daybreak
hoping for a small glimpse

of the first time mary
heard him call her name
which is also out of reach

even as we sing and eat
in darkness and daylight
and call each other to life

Peace,
Milton

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