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March 10, 2014, 11:55 AM

Home Again, Home Again Jiggity Jig

It is good to be home but it has taken a day or so to recover from the travel and time change.  I am not in favor of the time change twice a year.  It will take me a good bit longer to actually feel like this is right time but I went to bed early and and got up late so hopefully that will help.  Now how have I been doing on my Lenten discipline? 

I must say remarkedly well.  Yesterday I ate too much at dinner and felt like I had cheated.  I hadn't of course but it still felt that way.  One of the interesting things that has come out of this in just these short days is when I am hungry and even when I am eating I am painfully aware of those who go without food.  I am also more aware of the fact that I don't need as much food as I normally eat.  I have heard of those people who eat to live and wonder what that means.  I hope as I go forward I will become more like that. 

It has occurred to me that United Methodist for the most part do not give something up for Lent.  Until a few years ago I had never done such a thing.  But I have heard from more than one how giving something up is a testament to their faith.  They are able to share their faith in tangible ways by talking about what and why they gave something up.  Then I heard a cute story about one of our young people.  Ash Wednesday I told a joke:  A little boy had just returned home from an Ash Wednesday church service. The little girl from next door asked him what the smudge was on his forehead. He replied, "It's Ash Wednesday." "What's Ash Wednesday?" she asked. "Oh," he replied, "It's when Christians begin their diet." So this young boy is telling his classmates and his teachers a version of this joke.  First off I love that he was paying attention and secondly what a great witness he is. 

Last week I said I would post the prayer that was prayed in my class.  Well here it is.  I hope you find meaning in the words.

There is  time to be born and it is now


There is a time to be born and a time to die.

And there is a time to be born,

So we turn to you, God of our life,

God of all our years,

God of our beginning,

Our times are in your hand.


Hear us as we pray:

          For those of us too much into obedience,

                    birth us to the freedom of the gospel.

          For those of us too much into self-indulgence,

                    birth us to discipleship in your ministry.

          For those too much into cynicism,

                    birth us to the innocence of the Christ child.

          For those of us too much into cowardice,

                    birth us to the courage to stand before

                              principalities and powers.

          For those of us too much into guilt,

                    birth us into forgiveness worked in your generosity.

          For those of us too much into despair,

                    birth us into the promises you make to your people.

          For those of us too much into control,

                    birth us into the vulnerability of the cross.

          For those of us to much into victimization,

                    birth us into the power of Easter.

          For those of us too much into fatigue,

                    birth us into the energy of Pentecost.

We dare pray that you will do for us and among us and through us what is needful for newness.

Give us the power to be receptive,

                    to take the newness you give,

                    to move from womb warmth to real life.

We make this prayer not only for ourselves, but

                    for our school at the brink of birth,

                    for the church at the edge of life,

                    for our city waiting for newness,

                    in eager longing.

There is a time to be born, and it is now.

          We sense the pangs and groans of your newness.

          Come here now in the name of Jesus.  Amen.


--Prayers of Walter Brueggemann


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