A Meditation for Lent by Carol Hallman

Traditionally my guest post each week is Thursday and I am including Carol Hallman’s beautiful Lenten meditation today. Her words and stylistically her avoidance of the rigid structure of punctuation invites us, lures us, pulls us in. 

Can you feel it
The wind has shifted
Have you noticed
The stench of death
In the air
The salty taste
Of fear on the breeze

Sweet baby Jesus
Isn’t so sweet
All grown up
He acts
To disrupt the powers
To heal the sick
Welcome the dispossessed
Toss out the moneychangers
Standing like David
In the face of Goliath
Sling full

Of love,

Seemingly so small
Against the
Principalities and powers
Of this world

Sadducees and Pharisees
Have tried to trap him
With words questioning
His actions his choices
Finally during Passover
They pounce
Arrested whipped beaten
Nailed on a cross
They thought
They’d won

But there’s
Another scent
Wafting in the air
The sweet smell
Of the power
Of God’s love
That comes on Easter Day

Since I (Maren) am doing a forty day Lenten series, I will shift my guest post to Sundays when I do not post Lent.

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3 Responses to A Meditation for Lent by Carol Hallman

  1. dabar96 says:

    Change our hearts, O God, by the power of your shifting winds. Make it a gentle breeze when you can, but bring your hurricane when you find us deeply hunkered, fearfully bunkered.

  2. Nathaniel C. Emens says:

    Great Message which I needed.

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