Nicodemus

Dear One: I loved you in secret, so I must grieve you in secret. Every revelation from you is now a salve for my grief, and I bless the holy breath that gave birth to my spirit. I once sought you in shadows, now I bury you in the shadows with aloe and myrrh and linen—...

In the Garden

How often I’ve thought it would come to this: a battle, a stand-off with swords, a line in the sand between powers; me against you my ally turned into my foe because you were never an ally I trusted; uncertainty mutated into self-doubt projected into...

Ashes to Ashes

Love me until the end, O Christ, until the ashes of this body match the dust of these feet, and together they fold into the holiness of earth’s soil. Love me until the end, O Christ, until every word is finished and every argument laid to rest in the shallow...

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...

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