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Scripture: Romans 5:7-8 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Poetry: The Star Market The people Jesus loved were shopping at the Star Market yesterday. An old lead-colored man standing next to me at the checkout breathed so heavily I had to step back a few steps. Even after his bags were packed he still stood, breathing hard and hawking into his hand. The feeble, the lame, I could hardly look at them: shuffling through the aisles, they smelled of decay, as if the Star Market had declared a day off for the able-bo


Scripture For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -Hebrews 4:15-16 Prescription For Trying Times Here’s the scary thing: we-humans really get to choose. We can choose to sin, even after we belong to Jesus. But here’s the amazing thing: we can also choose NOT to sin, now. The Holy Spirit gives us that power. We can turn towards, or we can turn away, from our Lord. As humans, we will always be filled by something/someone; we will always be mastered by


Scripture Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. -I Corinthians 2:27 Prescription For Trying Times: A Poem Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world. God is present when and where the oppressed are liberated, the sick are healed, the outcast are invited in. We move our meditation today from the cosmic Christ to the immanent Immanuel, from the powerful God to the Jesus who came close. This Lenten season, it’s not only important to remember t

Dust (Ash Wednesday)

Scripture: By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return. -Genesis 3:19 Prescription For Trying Times: Dust: A Poem Someone spoke to me last night, told me the truth. Just a few words, but I recognized it. I knew I should make myself get up, write it down, but it was late, and I was exhausted from working all day in the garden, moving rocks. Now, I remember only the flavor — not like food, sweet or sharp. More like a fine powder, like dust. And I wasn’t elated or frightened, but simply rapt, aware. That’s how it is sometimes — God comes to your window, all bright light



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