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Aftermath

Fire and flood, storm and pestilence, murder, strife, and rumours of strife surround us. We wonder, often and aloud, what will come of it, what will be our “new normal,” when this is “all over;” we look forward to the restoration of our fortunes, to our recovery. But we know, from our place in the cold ashes next to Job and his old friends, that whatever comes next, there is much that will not be undone.

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The burden of God’s attention

We continue to sit with Job’s story through our Daily Office readings (today, Job 6:1; 7:1-21). He is a parable for the prophet, a paragon for the saint, a mouthpiece for the protest, a sibling to the sorrowful whose sighs are too deep for words.

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Arise and shine

It wasn’t until I was in the ordination process and repeating it week after week that I finally and suddenly recognized my mother’s familiar, “Rise and shine!” as the Canticle for Morning Prayer on a Wednesday, coined not by a working woman but by the prophet, Isaiah, whose oracle has ever since elevated the memory of my mother’s theme song into something sublime.

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Common prayer

At last, I recognized a word, “thank you,” punctuating each phrase with gratitude. Then, the unmistakable rhythm of the Trinity.

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Speaking to the Soul: Pedestals

In this time of political campaigning, each candidate is clambering up on the pedestal their supporters build for them, then the candidates (and their supporters) try their best to knock the opponent off.

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Speaking to the Soul: Grieving

by Linda Ryan

 

When Jesus tells us about his Father, we distrust him. When he shows us his Home, we turn away. But when he confides in us that he is ‘acquainted with grief,’ we listen, for that also is an Acquaintance of our own. — Emily Dickinson*

It seems like the world is getting smaller and more deadly all the time. It’s like a bad dream that we keep hoping that we will wake up from. It is all so confusing, and […]

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