Archives for February 2010

10th day of Lent

I was reading the daily devotions that come via email which today quoted part of Psalm 31: I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have passed out of mind like one […]

9th day of Lent

I learned something new about blogging. I started yesterday’s post on Tuesday, but didn’t finish it or post it until Thursday…the true 8th day of Lent. However, the date in the heading of the post says “Tuesday.” So just in case you are very observant about such things and are therefore confused by Tuesday being […]

8th day of Lent: bluebirds’ recess

Six blue shovels scoop up the air,pause on tips of wintered stalks, thendive for the crests of crusted ice,perch precariously, roof fiddlers all, when abrash Conrail machine bullies their play,and a scatter of cobalt lifts into the pines. From Mark 12:29-31: …. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with […]

7th day of Lent

Jesus said it this way: ….Love your neighbor as yourself. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it this way: “If a man happens to be 36 years old, as I happen to be, and some great truth stands before the door of his life, some great opportunity to stand up for that which is right and […]

6th day of Lent

Love your neighbor as yourself. In his book “40 days of Living the Jesus Creed”, Scot McKnight says: “To discern what prompts neighbor-love, we need to develop eyes that see and ears that hear needs.” To me that means really seeing the person who is checking out my groceries, or serving me food, or passing […]

5th day of Lent

A silent day. There can be great love in silent listening. The great mystics know this.

1st Sunday in Lent

Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Wow, what a tall order! Yesterday I wondered at how exhausting this could be. But in answer to yesterday’s two pitfalls about trying to love God, today […]

4th day of Lent

Today, I am off to officiate at a wedding. As of this moment I am still wondering what to say for the “meditation.” Something about love, of course. But that word “love” is so over-used, under-used and inappropriately used. It’s become a cover for likes and lusts and interests of the moment. Does love God […]

3rd day of Lent

If there is anything that the first two days of Lent have reminded me of, it is this: that I can’t on my own love God with all my heart-soul-mind-strength or love my neighbor as myself. Only some hefty work of God’s Spirit can begin to shape my life to follow this way of living. […]

2nd day of Lent

This is the second day of Lent, the second day of our Lenten practice of reciting Mark 12: 29-31: Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And […]