Category Archives: other words

Book Review: For Sabbath’s Sake

“Should this be your first go of sabbath, don’t write that you want to observe a strict twenty-four hours in a mountain cave while doing a headstand atop hot coals.”
Good advice abounds in this new book by J. Dana Trent, as does good humour. Continue reading

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Guarding the dead

An earlier version of this post was published at the Episcopal Cafe on September 27, 2017 I had been traveling in a country not previously visited; we drove past houses, both small and a little larger, surrounded by fortressed fences, … Continue reading

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Anniversaries

This morning’s prayer is for those carrying their grief under their skin, pricked by memories. Continue reading

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Crossing time

This time next week, I hope to have reached the mountaintop. Between here and there is a steep and rocky ridge. Last time I crossed Crib Goch, it was on my hands and knees. My ambition, some quarter of a … Continue reading

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Good Friday: his own people

At the beginning of the Gospel according to John, we read that, He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and … Continue reading

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Hope in the ashes

There is hope in cold ashes. We do not “do” Lent, we do not approach the fast as those who have no hope, or as though who fear the fire. For God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and … Continue reading

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Forty days of fear

The most ubiquitous instruction in the Bible, we are told, is this: Do not be afraid. And yet, its counterpart is not unfamiliar, either: Fear the Lord your God. Ash Wednesday marks the first of forty days of Lent. It … Continue reading

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