Lent 38 (Maundy Thursday)

In the frosty chill of morning,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

In the waning evening light,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

In the nakedness of solitude,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

In the squall of daily decisions,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

In my regrets, in my triumphs,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

Sitting at your feast table amidst friends,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

Watching, waiting, at the foot of your cross,
Have mercy on me, Son of the Living God.

Miserere.

Lent 39 (Good Friday)

In these days full of shadows and the forecasting of death,
O God who reigns over both death and life,
be close to those for whom Good Friday is not a ceremony
but a daily reality.
For once, let me shut up my own whining,
put sackcloth and ashes over the stresses that preoccupy me.
Let me pray for others
to see Christ not in the convenience of life
but rather

Lent 36

“Testimony”

How good you are, my Jesus, and how glad I am
that you have not left me alone,
that even from my first breath you have walked with me.

In those days when my mother and father were young and uncertain,
you were their rock and source of strength.
In my childhood, at a time when I was carefree in pigtails,
you were the spirit of joy and adventure
propelling me to the highest branches of the tree,
to explore the clearest pool in the mountain stream.

In my youth, you stood me tall in my goody two-shoes
and you protected me when I kicked them off.
As a not-yet-adult, you sent guides to shape my path;
unrelenting you called “Come further up and further in.”*
And when adulthood burst upon me with the pain of childbirth,
Jesus you were the wellspring of grace, strength and creativity.

I look across my years and say to my soul,
“Who else is like your God who has brought you this far?”
At every step and turn, Jesus, you are constant and yet surprising,
always saying:
“Come find me here.
“Now come, grow in this place.
“Walk with me down this new road.
“Learn from me and seek my face.”

You have not let me go nor have you let me stand still.
Amazing, Jesus, to retrace my steps,
to recount your goodness!
“I come to the end, I am still with you.”

*P.S. Thank you, God, for the imaginative parables of Narnia!

More good news

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of justice “rolling down like water”…

Vermont legislature overturns governor’s veto:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040701663.html?hpid=topnews

DC recognizes gay marriages of other states:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040702200.html?hpid=topnews