Friday, March 4, 2016

The Seven Last Words of Jesus: Luke 23:34: FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO. Luke 23:43: TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE. John 19:26–27: WOMAN, BEHOLD YOUR SON. SON, BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER. Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE … [Read more…]

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Isaiah 58:6–9 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see … [Read more…]

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly God was speaking, “My name is ‘I am.’”   I waited. God continued, “When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard.  I am not there.  My name is not ‘I was.’  When you live in the future, with its problems … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Our dad’s maternal grandfather was also alive then, tall and sturdy in his 80s.  All 3 of our living great-grandparents were larger-than-life figures for my brother and I as boys, if only because their lives were that much larger than ours.  Our several maternal cousins had our maternal grandmother sewing us all pajamas and knitting … [Read more…]

Monday, February 29, 2016

I saw my dad’s aunt June, the youngest of 7 sisters, for the last time at a lakeside picnic after the Exira 4th of July parade out in Iowa, getting to be more than a few years ago now.  She was still pretty in her late 70s and (I suppose for the usual combination of … [Read more…]

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Temptations Creature comforts And why not? All you have to do is Give up a few rocks These sun-baked stones That burn your hands and cut your feet Could soon become a desert treat! Stop being so hard on yourself! Fame All yours for the taking All you have to do is Leave this lonely … [Read more…]

Friday, February 26, 2016

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe … [Read more…]

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Loving God, 
I hear your invitation, “Come back to me” 
and I am filled with such a longing to return to you. 
Show me the way to return. 
Lead me this day in good works I do in your name 
and send your Spirit to guide me and strengthen my faith. 
I ask only to feel your love in my life … [Read more…]

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In our culture, seasons of the year have distinctive markers.  Evergreens and indulgence in cookies mark Christmas; pumpkin flavored drinks and treats mark Hallowe’en; in Lynn many evenings of fireworks foretell Independence Day.  During Lent, a common marker of the season is giving up some individual pleasure.  Accepting this discipline is a recognition in some … [Read more…]

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you; you are gentle with us as a mother with her children. Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; through your gentleness we find comfort in fear. Your life gives warmth to the dead, your touch makes sinners righteous. Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal … [Read more…]