Threatened With Resurrection

Crashing sorrow, unimaginable pain, incredulous disbelief, unbelievable joy. That is what I imagine Mary is feeling that first Easter morning. In all four Gospels, it is the women who stay at the cross and come to the tomb. Mary Magdalene gets special mention: she had stood, faithfully, lovingly and agonizingly, at the crucifixion. After the…

F. E. A. R.

FEAR
Forget Everything And Run.
Or Face Everything And Rise.
The choice is ours.

Courage for Resurrection

The seeds of my reflection this morning were sown by an article entitled An Upside Down Easter Meditation by Parker Palmer. You can find it here. I attended the funeral of a young woman Thursday afternoon, a good friend of my daughter-in-law and my oldest granddaughter’s godmother. Beth was 39 when she died… she had had breast…

Mary, Did You Know?

Life giving and surprising God, on this Easter Sunday, where we celebrate life breaking forth from the tomb of death, may we recognize, experience and know resurrection in our lives and our world. Amen. Martha’s selection of an anthem for today made me stop and go, “Huh?” Mary, Did You Know is a song made popular…

The Empty Places

As I thought about the gospel reading this week, last week’s Lenten Study came to mind. It was focused on Fear and Courage. Janice MacLean, a United Church minister, with an on-line ministry called The Prayer Bench, encourages us to make a friend of fear. In one of the Practices of Releasing sessions, She writes this:…

Friday Five – Mardi Gras Edition

Over at RevGals it’s Friday Five again; it’s been a few weeks since I have played. Here we go! What type of Fat Tuesday celebration your church will hold next week… This is my first Shrove Tuesday with my pastoral charge and apparently they serve beans and gingerbread as well! And sausage.  Are there other ways of…