Category Archives: Suffering

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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The Next Forty Days, Day 14–Suffering and Silence

During these 40 days, folks who observe the season of Lent spend a lot of time thinking about suffering. The closer we get to the end of these days, the intensity of focus concentrates on Jesus’s suffering as he is beaten, … Continue reading

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No Pill for This

Lately I’ve been suffering from the blues. Over the past few years I’ve written about this  a bit, largely because I’ve battled some form of the blues off and on throughout much of my life. For a number of years … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 36–While I in Stillness Wait

I read some poetry today. I was looking for inspiration for tonight’s blog and caught myself flitting from poem to poem like a buzzing bee drunkenly bouncing from blossom to blossom. I read aloud, which I haven’t done in a … Continue reading

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