Monthly Archives: February 2018

Cutting in Line Mark 2: 12 (also 1: 21-34; 40-5)

They are cutting in line – you can just hear the murmurs, under the breath because being in a waiting room is when everyone thinks about how very sick they are, or their child, friend, parent. That’s just what they … Continue reading

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Calling, Mark 1: 16-20; 2: 13-17

(I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners. Mark 2:17b) There is a story about lonely, unmended nets stretched on the rocks, left like a father watching children set off dirty on the adventure of their lives, hoping … Continue reading

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Temptation, Mark 1:12-13

And Mark, who was first to write, says — Jesus was tempted, not listing any particular temptations, and so, later, Matthew and Luke suggested power over food, glory, and personal safety as good examples. As a woman, I am more … Continue reading

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Baptism Mark 1: 2-11

On the North Shore of the Salton Sea the children have asthma. They carry inhalers. Their parents work land they do not own by the largest lake in California, once flood plain of the Colorado River, now a place where, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday Evening Prayer for Parkland Florida

God, this is the fast that you choose – to weep with those who mourn seventeen people dead today at Stoneman Douglas High School, and remember in prayer those who have lost children in all eighteen of this year’s school … Continue reading

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Reading the gospel of Mark in Lent

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 I’ve loved listening to performers who memorize Mark, living all the roles in one evening. I’ve heard three — Alec McCowan, Paula Thigpen and Bert Marshall — each time in Lent. So this Lent I … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras — Reprise by Laura Martin

A Child Laughs — Prayers of Justice and Hope (edited by Maria Mankin and Maren C. Tirabassi) Pilgrim Press, May 1, 2017, asks the question — what does it take for all the children in the world, to be not only … Continue reading

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Transfiguration, 2018

It’s such a small detail in the shiny story – getting to talk to folks who have been gone a long time. I would like Harriet Tubman, please, that Moses to walk and talk with me. I want Langston Hughes, … Continue reading

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“Not Done Yet” new poetry manuscript from South Africa

I’ve just read Isobel DeGruchy’s new poetry manuscript – “Now Done Yet.” She brings her gifts of painting and photography to the collection. Isobel writes in her introduction: By naming this collection of poems “Not Done Yet” I may be … Continue reading

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