Hyssop

Sprinkle death with truth, O Mercy, to dispel its plague upon the living. Mark every doorway with wisdom to guard against violent hatred that courses through the streets. Purge evil with fragrant hyssop. Bind up broken spirits and bones with cleansing joy. Make of...

Choosing Life & Death

Holy and Gracious God: Today we choose life — the bloom of hope, the breath of humility, the proximity of tenderness. Holy and Mysterious God: Today we choose death — the sunset of greed, the erosion of pride, the burial of violence. Holy and Creative God:...

Wily Life (Lent 10)

Death, make way for Life or be moved by Life that is redeeming all of life against you, Death. Come, O Life, today. Heal, O Life, tomorrow. Be cunning, O Life, for all days. on Luke...

Passing Away

Who will mourn death when it dies? Who will cry out against the drying of tears? Who will offer their shoulder when pain passes away? You have promised it, O God, and it is certainly so that all things are being made new. But in our gleeful grabbing at the latest...

Depleted

I come to you empty and leave the same. What is the sacred nature of Desolation? What is the particular hell of cliches that fill it? You have exhausted me by your silence, and your Spirit’s sighs are little consolation — only a lonely breeze across the...

Lent 38 (Maundy Thursday)

Where to begin? You are more than I can handle, O Christ, and beyond my efforts of comprehension; this I acknowledge as I sit with you at the table as I wait with you in the deepening shadows as I try pathetically to offer you an anointing. What to say? You are my...

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