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Lenten Meditation for Good Friday, April 14, 2017

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When I was a girl, for part of my childhood, we didn’t go to a Good Friday service – my mother thought it was too sad and difficult. So we would go to the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday, and call it good for both days. Later on, when the church had the traditional 3 hour service, we would go for a portion of the service, because, of course, you are allowed to come and go during the hymns – you are not expected to stay for the whole 3 hours.

Good Friday is tough.

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Lenten Meditation for Maundy Thursday, April 13

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It is always darkest before the dawn. God is with us. God knows of our frailties, of our sufferings, our anxieties and fears. Jesus demonstrated this for us on this very night. Jesus knew of the suffering to come. Jesus knew that this was inevitable in this world. It is always darkest before the dawn. God is with us. Jesus also knew of God’s love for us. Jesus knew of the love so deep, so broad, so high. Jesus was willing to suffer for our sins and give himself over to demonstrate fully God’s love for us. It is always darkest before the dawn. God is with us, even in the darkness.

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Lenten Meditation for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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I always find John’s Gospel to be a bit hard to understand – and this passage is no exception.

That is, for most of the passage, but when Jesus says that his soul is troubled in the first line, I think I know what Jesus and John are referring to.

Jesus knows what will happen to him very shortly – for this passage comes just after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Jesus doesn’t want to die – who does? Especially when you are a young, vibrant 33-year-old?

But, just as at his baptism, a voice from heaven comes to reassure Jesus.

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Lenten Meditation for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Hebrews 12: 1-3, John 13: 21-32, Psalm 70

Hebrews 12: 1-3

               “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

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Lenten Meditation for Monday, April 10, 2017

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"Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. " -- Collect, Book of Common Prayer, p. 220.

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Psalm 51:1-18 (19-20)

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Lenten Meditation for Friday, April 7, 2017

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Life is a journey

Lent is a journey

We are all on a journey. It's like a long hike. Sometimes we fall. Sometimes we need to take a rest. When we do, we have to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and continue on our way.

We can do this time and time again because we have hope. There is a prize at the end We will see God and Jesus.

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Wed, 05/03/2017

Lenten Meditation for Thursday, April 6, 2017

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I Dwell in the Word.  I do it often.  And I dwell in the same text for many weeks.  I sometimes get to the point that I think I will never find anything new in this same old text.  And then I dwell again, and find something brand new.  How does this happen?

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Fri, 05/05/2017

Lenten Meditation for Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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First thing — full disclosure — I tend to not take stories of miracles that appear in scripture literally. I regard them as metaphors that still convey deep and profound truths. That said...

Today’s Gospel continues the story of a man, blind from birth, who has been given the gift of sight by Jesus, and promptly becomes a target of several fearful religious leaders (he does, however, manage to throw a little snark in their direction), is thrown under the bus by his own parents, and basically excommunicated from his faith community. Quite an afternoon!  

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