• Posts Tagged ‘lent’

    lenten journal: resurrection

    by  • April 5, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    we stood in the columbariumwell after sunriseto speak of resurrectionwith the names of thosewho share death in commonas our backdropthe whistle of treesour soundtrack andthe promise of pancakeswaiting for us inside as we retold the story I heardthe passive verb:the stone was rolled awayas though coming backto life were as easy assliding a door...

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    lenten journal: the women

    by  • April 4, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    On one of their early albums, Simon and Garfunkel sang “Silent Night” while a recording of the Seven O’Clock News played at the same time. (You can hear it here.) The song began playing in my head as I sat down to write, I think, because of the way my day went. My Holy...

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    lenten journal: finished

    by  • April 3, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    “It is finished,” you said. When we finally get to ask questions you will be answer,mine will be, “What did you mean?” I’ve taken my shotat explanations;the words mattertoo much to let themjust hang there. Yet even when I look back from Sunday,full of resurrectionneither life nor deathwill be done. I dug in the...

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    lenten journal: traveling mercies

    by  • April 2, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Several years ago, Ginger and I went to Las Vegas because we had never been. We were already in California for a gathering with my side of the family and we tacked on a couple of days and drove from San Diego to Vegas, staying – of course – at the Hard Rock Hotel....

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    lenten journal: replacement part

    by  • April 1, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I trained my replacement tonight. The guy who will take over at the Duke restaurant next semester worked alongside Abel and me to get a sense of how things work and, I’m sure, how he might do things differently once I have shuffled off to high school. He’s a really nice guy, a strong...

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    lenten journal: walking with martin

    by  • March 31, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    As I drove to the Duke restaurant this afternoon, Talk of the Nation was my soundtrack, as is often the case. I happened to join the program just as Tavis Smiley began talking about his program MLK: A Call Beyond Conscience, which looks at Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to...

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    lenten journal: found in translation

    by  • March 30, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    One of my friends from the Durham restaurant, Leonora, told me about a poetry class she has been taking at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. The class itself doesn’t have much to do with making documentaries, which I suppose means more than anything that the folks at the CDS are mostly looking for...

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    lenten journal: palm sunday

    by  • March 29, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    We started on the courtyardall waving our palm frondsand naming them since we neversay frond except on Palm Sunday. Before the hour was overwe moved from parade toPassion, from courtyard to Cross, in a couple of verses. Tonight I watched basketballand saw how quickly thingschange, how triumph crossesthat thin line into loss. For years,...

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    lenten journal: more than a game

    by  • March 28, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I was a sixth grader at Hubbard Heights Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas in 1967. My family was on furlough from the mission field and we were members at University Baptist Church. America was a foreign country to my brother and me. I learned that year that there were people who lived in...

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    lenten journal: play list

    by  • March 26, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Ambition leads to the demand for the shortest path between points to gain the most in the least amount of time; wonder calls the heart to explore the unexpected, nonlinear paths that often create a new unity that could not be expected when one first began.(from Sabbath: The Ancient Practices by Dan Allender, by...

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