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March 16, 2017

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

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I’ve had a nursery rhyme in my head for the past few weeks. I’d been browsing Pinterest (while I’ll probably never craft anything I pin, some of the other images there are lovely enough to feed my soul), and up popped an image of a woman having tea in the middle of bombed out London, […]

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March 2, 2017

Catch Me In My Scurrying

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Catch me in my scurrying, Lord, and hold me in this Lenten season: hold my feet to the fire of your grace and make me attentive to my mortality that I may begin to die now to those things that keep me from living with you and with my neighbors on this earth; to grudges […]

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March 1, 2017

A Picture of Ash Wednesday

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Maybe it’s the way the sun is shining today. Maybe it’s the tired ache in me, the ache that longs for life and restoration. But when I saw this video, just after returning from an Ash Wednesday service that reminded me repentance is not about getting things right for God, but allowing God to come […]

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February 25, 2017

It is my Lent to break my Lent

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“For Lent, 1966” It is my Lent to break my Lent, To eat when I would fast, To know when slender strength is spent, Take shelter from the blast When I would run with wind and rain, To sleep when I would watch. It is my Lent to smile at pain But not ignore its […]

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February 21, 2017

Six Weird Things To Give Up For Lent

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If the more regular things (Facebook, chocolate, alcohol or meat) just aren’t floating your boat as you prepare for the Lenten season, here’s a list of some stranger things that you might consider fasting from this year.   Salt Okay, so salt itself isn’t that weird, but giving it up for Lent probably is. Fact […]

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February 15, 2017

The Wisdom of Pass the Pigs

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I was already well into my day—bed made, breakfast prepared, email beaten back—when my fingers hit the small plastic figures in my pocket. I was reaching for a tube of lip balm at the time, mentally somewhere else, preparing for the next event on my schedule. As a mother, it’s not unusual for me to […]

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February 5, 2017

7 Books for Lent

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While most businesses are spamming you with ads for Valentine’s Day, there’s another season coming that is probably flying under the radar. This year, Lent starts on February 13. While this may create a crisis for all the people giving up chocolate for Lent, I thought I’d give you some of my favorite suggestions for […]

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December 28, 2016

Recovering from Soul Sag

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No matter how open-handed we were, no matter how still we became, no matter how we tempered our expectations into expectancy, a majority of us have been feeling (or will feel) a let down after December 25. Our longings have been whetted by Advent, our desires help openly before God, and whatever of those were met […]

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November 11, 2016

Exile

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  Exile  On reading 1 & 2 Kings Like the ancients, we know about ashes, and smoldering ruins, and collapse of dreams, and loss of treasure, and failed faith, and dislocation, and anxiety, and anger, and self-pity. For we have watched the certitudes and entitlements of our world evaporate. Like the ancients, we are a […]

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November 9, 2016

Post-Election Soul Care

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  I began this post before the election results for the President of the United States had officially been called. Whichever candidate got elected, the practices of soul care matter deeply after a long, harrowing, and divisive campaign cycle. This morning, whether you are a supporter of President-elect Trump, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, a […]

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