lenten journal: empty chair

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Over the past week or so, at a friend’s prompting, I have been posting the covers of books that have been significant in my life–just the covers, no explanation. I thought that tonight I would give a preview of tomorrow’s book (Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe) and a little bit of explanation.

empty chair

what is
the difference
between
open space
and emptiness?
vacancy
and opportunity?
barrenness
and belief?

in one of
my favorite stories,
Ian had a chair
in the shape
of a hand
an open hand
a tender hand
God’s hand
to hold him

I drive by
furniture stores
yard sales
sometimes
hoping to see
any chair
that might
offer me
the same invitation

Rest well, my friends; remember we are not in free fall.

Peace,
Milton

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1 COMMENT

  1. How can we not respond to this world and this week with singing, as you say? Whether it’s praise or lament, or grace within lament, may our ragged sentiments of adoration fill You, Lord Christ, and us. Thank you, Milton for the prompting.

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