Thoughts on Lent 15 ~ Affliction shall Advance the Flight in Me

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The season of Lent rises to its devastating and astonishing conclusion this week. At long last, the veil of the dark night will be forever rent and those who abide in death will have a door to walk through into a new kind of life. Jesus will suffer first (Good Friday), and then the forces that crushed him will themselves be crushed two days later (Resurrection Sunday). In its time it was a cosmic event that, in its starkest movements, occurred beyond the veil, in a place where human eyes cannot … [Read more...]

Will You Come, Lord, to My Boat? A Celtic Prayer: Thoughts on Lent 11

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 A Celtic prayer is attributed to the 10th-century Irish king, Cormac mac Cuileannáin.  Will You steer my frail black bark O'er the dark broad ocean's foam? Will You come, Lord to my boat? Where afloat, my will would roam? Yours the mighty, Yours the small, Your to make men fall like rain. God, will You grant aid to me as I come o'er the upheaving main? (This version is adapted from The Story of the Irish Race, by Seamus MacManus.) Go here to read a Celtic Prayer for Prot … [Read more...]

Remembering Mister Rogers and the Light He Left

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By Wendy MurrayFred "Mister" Rogers died on this day 11 years ago. I interviewed Fred "Mister" Rogers in October 1999 for a cover story in Christianity Today (March 2000).  The assignment proved a highlight in my career. And, as time would have it, it was the last major feature article written about Fred Rogers before he died in February 2003, 10 years ago last month. It was also the only feature article to peek into the spiritual side of the Neighborhood, to explore the belief system of … [Read more...]

When a Poet Dies the Music Stops; When An Irish Poet Dies the Music Flies

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Irish poet, Seamus Heaney -- esteemed, brilliant, humble, plaintive and true -- crossed o`er the hoary sea today. He died at 74 in Dublin after a brief illness. He was known for many poems; he won the Noble prize in literature and has been globally recognized as Ireland’s greatest poet since William Butler Yeats.Michael Longley, a Belfast poet and close friend of Heaney, recalled chatting with Heaney over whiskey and beer earlier this month at a western Irish literary festival: "He was a w … [Read more...]

For Suffering: A Prayer

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For Suffering May you be blessed in the holy names of those Who, without you knowing it, Help to carry and lighten your pain. May you know serenity When you are called To enter the house of suffering. May a window of light always surprise you. May you be granted the wisdom To avoid false resistance; When suffering knocks on the door of your life, May you glimpse its eventual gifts. May you be able to receive the fruits of suffering. May memory bless and protect you With the … [Read more...]

God Bless the Broken People

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My heart is breaking for the Warrens today, Rick Warren and his wife Jan, and their many family members and friends. Their 27 year old son Matthew took his own life on Friday. He had struggled with depression and in the end, the darkness of it overthrew him. I am going to ask my fellow Christian leaders and thinkers, who might at this point dismiss depression as a form of spiritual darkness or weakness from which Christ can deliver, to resist the temptation to reduce it to that.Depression is … [Read more...]

Be Careful of Each Other

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I saved in my "poetry file" a wonderful poem by a well-known poet that was short, powerful, helpful and reminiscent of the coming of the (so-called) spring. (I live in New England; as I write, I look out my window to see my street flanked by 3-foot snow banks.) The poem involved a hedgehog and seemed a good fit for today's post.Yet I am a hopeless copyright partisan. Before posting I wanted to clarify whether or not I would be violating copyright laws by posting a piece of intellectual … [Read more...]


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