Day 36 – More about the Body

During most weeks of the academic year I have read the text assignments for three years of Education for Ministry (EfM). The last ten pages about Christian history, from the tome by Diarmand MacCulloch, always feel like the final leg of a triathlon. As if I would know. True confession: mine were always mini-triathlons. But you knew that, of course. Each time I finish uninjured, with God’s help, I’m proud, I’ll admit, and grateful.


Tues Apr 12 – Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 71:1-14 (6),1 Corinthians 1:18-31, John 12:20-36

Day 35 – Stuff and Stuffed

Artwork from St. Mark’s Palm Sunday bulletin

At this point of whittling down the stuff of my mother’s life, a larger percentage is treasures. It feels like I am beginning to see her bones. I am doing everything I can not to expose mine.

Lord, have mercy.


Mon Apr 11, Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 36:5-11 (7), Hebrews 9:11-15, John 12:1-11

Day 34 – Our Festival

Our wedding was 39 years ago today. We invited our friends and family from Virginia and Michigan and Seattle and beyond. We gathered at Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend for a long weekend of festivities. It was glorious. Spring weather, all kinds of it. Just like our marriage. It’s been glorious too.


Sat – Apr 9, Leviticus 23:1-8 Luke 22:1-13 Psalm 31:9-16

Day 33 – Covenant of Peace

Back-to-back Taizé service then choir rehearsal prepared me for lunch with my friend and her grief. I found myself singing “Nada te turbe” then “When Jesus Wept” to myself over and over again. Such peace.


Fri – Apr 8, Isaiah 54:9-10 Hebrews 2:10-18 Psalm 31:9-16