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Lent Week 2: One Does What One Can

     'My pastor, Veronica, one Sunday told the story of a sparrow lying in the street with its legs straight up in the air, sweating a little under its feathery arms. A warhorse walks up to the bird and asks, "What on earth are you doing?" The sparrow replies, "I heard the sky was falling, and I wanted to help." The horse laughs a big, loud, sneering horse laugh, and says, "Do you really think you're going to hold back the sky, with those scrawny little legs?"
     And the sparrow says, "One does what one can."'

~ Anne Lamott, Stitches

Hope is a funny thing. You don't realize you need it until you suddenly find yourself without it. It's intangible, almost metaphysical, yet quantifiably necessary for survival. Scripture implores us to abide in it, reminds us of its utter importance (second only to love and tied with faith), yet counterintuitively does not seem to provide much definition for it.

And in a season when life seems i…

Lent Week 1: I Forgot About Ash Wednesday

Hey everybody! Long time no blog! Things have been pretty nuts lately and the motivation to write seemed to dry up for a time, but here we are again, fonder for the absence. Hopefully.

So, jumping back on the saddle I considered doing a Lent series like I did for Advent, when I wrote one blog post for each day of the holy season. Then I re-considered. Advent was a beautiful experiment and I'm happy about much of the work I did that month but the hard truth is it almost killed me. I'm not yet capable enough a writer to handle that stress and still live a healthy life apart from it. So I took to facebook for advice (as one does nowadays), and was encouraged by some wise friends, mentors and peers to instead write semi-regular posts, once a week or twice a month. So that's exactly what I've resolved to do, because, as overwhelming as the project seemed at the time, it sure helped me engage and meditate on the spiritual realities and disciplines at play during Advent.

And …