March 28, 2020

Robert Herrick: To Keep a True Lent

To Keep a True Lent Is this a fast, to keep The larder lean? And clean From fat of veals and sheep ? Is it to quit the dish Of flesh, yet still To fill The platter high with fish ? Is it to fast an hour, Or ragg’d to go, Or show A downcast […]

another look: midwinter

midwinter in long and deep midwinter dreams of spring arise of fulsome brooks and fragile buds of warmer winds and skies that, moaning, pour the anguished tears of childbirth on the land and ‘midst the muddy, messy muck transform the slender strands weaving a carpet ‘neath the trees which don their own green gowns and fill […]

each time love comes

oak shade, midday three men appear at our tent something striking i wonder about their intent rising, moving i run to greet them and bow please don’t pass by stay and refresh yourselves now serve them, watch them what is it in them i see? all so curious something portentous for me? shocking words come […]

all is good and blest (a creation primer)

one, two, three, four, five, six — rest earth and sky simple as pie all is good and blest day, night waters, sky land, sea — space chaos tamed formed and framed for everything a place sun, moon fish, birds, animals, people — there: a temple shaped and formed and filled with priests to give […]

and this is faith?

and this is faith? and this is life? scared spitless, all alone my earthly goods, my loves sent away anticipating an attack reaping what i’ve sown the wrath of esau i feel like throwing up pulling the covers over my head but suddenly i’m wrestling writhing, grunting, falling, scraping my elbow, twisting the sound of […]

Another Look: A Big Ol’ Losers’ Convention

• Matthew 5:1-12 so many people here to hear him from everywhere, of every kind no religious crowd this one! check out that bloke over there loser if i’ve ever seen one not an ounce of righteousness in him wouldn’t know a tithe from a toothbrush couldn’t find genesis if you handed him a bible […]

Wendell Berry: If we have become…

Wendell Berry If we have become… If we have become a people incapable of thought, then the brute-thought of mere power and mere greed will think for us. If we have become incapable of denying ourselves anything, then all that we have will be taken from us. If we have no compassion, we will suffer […]

Another Look: Emmaus

Emmaus road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

lent 5 — life and death and food and wine…

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. • John 12:1-2 • i’m not sure i can imagine an odder scene a miracle […]

lent 4 — father, son, and brother

Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. • Luke 15:11 • father, son, and brother so the story goes and every time i hear it i think i know my role my father soft of heart and willing to let me go to pay my fare when i so full of […]