A little Lenten story


There was a rule that we were to enter the assembly hall in silence, but when my friend filed in behind me and whispered, hand to shocked mouth, “I forgot your birthday card!” what could I do but turn and tell her with love, “It’s ok.”

For that, I got detention.

The deputy headmistress, stern and scary, asked me why I was there. “I spoke,” I told her, defiantly. She nodded, not as stern as I had thought, after all.

Last evening, entering silent prayer, someone complimented my dress. I answered, “thank you,” but as quietly and forbiddingly as I politely could.

And my teenaged ghost shook her head at how I had forgotten which rule most matters.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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