Category Archives: Suffering

Forty Days Revisited, Day 10–Return to the Body Electric

On the 120+ day journey of three years worth of Lent, I spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the body and the nature of the physical suffering that Jesus endured during his last days on the planet. … Continue reading

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Forty Days Revisited, Day 8–Standing in Need of Prayer

“It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standin’ in the need of prayer.” The other day I wrote about suffering, and as I have continued to think about it, a particular vision came to mind. In 2011, I experienced one of … Continue reading

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Forty Days Revisited, Day 6–On Suffering, Part 1

One of the challenges of nightly blogging is that, usually by the time I sit down to write, I’ve worked all day and my mind is worn out. During this first week of Lent, I have been even more exhausted … Continue reading

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Another Forty Days, Day 39–And So We Mourn

What a 24 hours it must’ve been between the Last Supper and the removal of Jesus’s lifeless body from the cross. Imagine the urgency he must have been feeling as he dined for the last time with his closest followers, his … Continue reading

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Another Forty Days, Day Two–On Suffering, Part I

Today I’ve been thinking about the nature of suffering. So much of Lent, particularly at the end, those last few days, hours of Jesus life is focused on suffering. Often people’s attention is focused on the suffering of the body, … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 32–On Being Hated

I’m going to write about something that I have never written publicly about before—at least not in this direct a way. I want to address the emotional weight connected to being hated. It is very unusual for me to write … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 18–The Captain of My Soul

Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under … Continue reading

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