The tomb is sealed. We know the end of the story, so we want to rush on. We want to see that stone rolled away. But it’s Saturday. It is silent. It is dark. That stone laughs at us. Death wins. We don’t know the end of the story on Saturday. Sit in the darkness.Continue reading “Holy Saturday”
A friend from college, and a minister, passed away from COVID the other night. He was a resident advisor when I came to college. He was our Dean of Men when I graduated. His family is a precious family and to go through this is pain beyond anything I could know.
When Terri and I were moving from Minnesota to Alabama, part of our trip included an audiobook called The Anglican Way. It was a time in our lives of major shifts. A major move. Moving away from ministry into something that was a complete unknown. And knowing I was moving away from the denomination IContinue reading “A grievous loss”
Our family lost a family member overnight. A prayer:
A prayer given at the graveside service for my father-in-law: O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we pray, deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let your Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that, when we shallContinue reading “Teach us to mark our days”
The past few weeks have been witness to the loss of some giants of the faith in my life. We lost another one recently. I don’t know exactly when, but I just heard yesterday that one of my true heroes, Dwight Palmquist, passed away from brain cancer. He died in the Philippines, the country heContinue reading “The loss of heroes in the time of coronavirus”
Reading for today: Psalm 31, 35 Exodus 4:10-31 1 Cor. 14:1-19 Mark 9:30-49 Death and suffering aren’t “fun” to deal with in our lives, but deal with them we must.
Today this thought came to me: “Die, then change.”
Two separate mass killings over the weekend… at least. No big details. We probably won’t have any “need” for follow up, but just a quick glance down my Yahoo news feed gave headlines of a shooting in Houston leaving 8 dead and a shooting in Vermont that left 4 dead. Twelve dead in just twoContinue reading “The tragedies we don’t bemoan”