Month: February 2016

Lenten Photo a Day: Feb 28

Feb 28: “Home”

  

I couldn’t help but think of this picture in my office when I saw the theme “home.”

Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son captures in such a visceral manner the beauty and tenderness of the son who is received by his father upon returning from the far country. His painting visualises the heart of God as revealed in this amazing parable.

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Lenten Photo a Day: Feb 27

Feb 27: “Burden”

  
My Dad and Betty-Mom gave me this stole when I graduated Seminary. In my Church the stole is a symbol of ordination, so I waited through my Probationary years before vesting with this stole, or any stole for that matter. 

At first I thought of the privilege of wearing the stoles do the privilege of being in my Order; then it became more about the weight of the Order to which I belong. “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,” says my Lord. But there is a responsibility that comes with wearing my stole to lead and teach the church with Word and Sacrament. So each time I vest, I kiss my stole right where it rests on the back of neck that the burden may be light, but also that I may never take lightly the task of caring for God’s people. 

Lenten Photo a Day: Feb 26

Feb 26: “Mystery”

 

Parenthood is a tremendous mystery. From the first moment you meet your child through all the years of their (and your) life, you learn the depths of living with and in grace. You meet your child and you are filled with hopes and wishes and desires for all the good things they may know in life. 

When they find their own hopes and desires and wishes, when they emerge as different from your hopes, you learn to love them as they are. Because that’s the mystery of unconditional love. 

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Lenten Photo a Day: 25 Feb

  

Feb 25 – “Retreat”

Watching the last hour or so of the day, and so very ready for Sabbath. It’s been such a gift to use Sabbath as the gift it’s intended to be and to retreat into rest as much as possible; to just be still, be quiet, be loved.