January 22, 2021

Gospelish – By C J Fitz – An Internet Monk Review

The past couple of weeks I have been hanging out musically at the intersection of country and folk. It is not a place I have been known to frequent, but the artistry of C J Fritz is persuading me that this might be a part of town that I want to visit more often. So […]

For What It’s Worth…

Lynn Ungar: Pandemic

• What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And […]

A Blessing for You Today on Your Journey

 A Blessing for You Today on Your Journey • May it be an evening star Shines down upon you May it be when darkness falls Your heart will be true You walk a lonely road Oh, how far you are from home Mornië utúlië (darkness has come) Believe and you will find your way Mornië […]

Tuesday Open Forum — Plus…

Tuesday Open Forum We were having some site problems last night and I was on the phone with tech support until long after midnight, so today’s post ain’t gonna happen as planned, folks. Many apologies. On the other hand, this will give you a chance to have an open conversation today. Make good, healthy, and […]

My life these days (in song)

My life these days (in song) (Warning: some strong language) • • • It’s the weight of the world But it’s nothing at all Light as a prayer, and then I feel myself fall You got to give me a minute Because I’m way down in it And I can’t breathe so I can’t speak […]

Holy Saturday 2020: God has been found among the dying and the dead

We sit down with tears And call to you in your tomb Rest gently, gently rest! Rest, you exhausted limbs! Your grave and tombstone For our anguished conscience shall be A pillow that gives peace and comfort And the place where our souls find rest. With the greatest content there our eyes will close in […]

Good Friday 2020: “God lets himself be pushed out of the world on to the cross.”

Ah Golgotha, accursed Golgotha! The Lord of glory must shamefully perish here, The blessing and salvation of the world Is put on the cross as a curse. From the creator of the heaven and the earth The Earth and the air will be taken away The innocent must here die as guilty, That touches my […]

Maundy Thursday 2020: “Remembering” means present and active

Willingly I shall bring myself To accept the cross and cup, I drink as my Saviour did For his mouth, Which flows with milk and honey Has made the cause And bitter taste of suffering Become sweet through first drinking himself. English Translation by Francis Browne • • • The Passover Seder is ordained in […]

Wednesday in Holy Week 2020: “The crucifixion of Jesus was the most secular, irreligious happening ever to find its way into the arena of faith.”

O man, thy grievous sin bemoan, For which Christ left His Father’s throne, From highest heaven descending. Of Virgin pure and undefiled He here was born, our Saviour mild, For sin to make atonement. The dead He raised to life again. The sick He freed from grief and pain. Until the time appointed That He […]