Holy Week PSA.

(First published April 14, 2011) This is a public service reminder. We are in what is known as Holy Week. During this week, in churches everywhere, there will be an unusual number of public services. There were be public services on Palm Sunday. There will be public services on Maundy Thursday. There will be public […]

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Faltering isn’t failing

I was trying to answer a question about Lent. My friend said, “Describe the feeling that people are experiencing that observing Lent could help with.” I wrote, “When you feel frustrated with faltering again on goals and resolutions.” And I laughed. The truth is that many of us describe outcomes as “failures.” We started the […]

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Giving up fear for Lent.

“How’s Lent?” Tim asked. He filled my mug with coffee. “Apparently coffee isn’t part of your offering this year.” Tim knew one year I had given up all but one cup of coffee a day. And he knew how hard that year had been, not because of the caffeine withdrawal, but because of the stuff […]

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Six weeks to Easter.

What does six weeks feel like? It depends. Six weeks of what? Around the hospital, we sometimes hear measurements of six weeks. Six weeks to live. Six weeks until birth Six weeks of rehab. Each of those has a different feeling. But each, I think, leads to a change in a way of living. Each […]

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