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  • When You Want Easter to be as Meaningful as Christmas

    On Wednesday, March 23 rd, 2011

    ‘I’ll need a match.” Levi says this looking for light, to ignite a wick and singe us with prayer. How many flames to burn off dross and liquefy the steeled cold into the mold of Christ? I hand Levi the matchbox. He snaps one red match head into a singular furnace. The ringing candles flicker over wood. “It is like Christmas…” Levi bends over a waxed torch. It i...

  • The Real Fast of Lent: {for Wretched Man, Mama }

    On Wednesday, March 16 th, 2011

    A fter he slings the van door shut, the silence offers an open embrace. I drop my head heavy onto the steering wheel. I wrack sob. Why do I ask to be good but I don’t act good? Why does sin sabotage and this skin seep with the festering stench of self? Why am I broken and why can’t I change and why do I not do the good I want to do — wretched mama I am̷...

  • Why Do Lent? Why A Failing Lent Actually Succeeds (& a Booklist)

    On Wednesday, March 09 th, 2011

    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls. Levi picks it up, his eyes twinkling, stars risen early. I can only hope Levi does...

  • On the Road to the Calvary

    On Friday, April 02 nd, 2010

    With Christ, what seems like a dead end is but a door, for that’s Who He is,and He can’t but open to The Way, The Truth, The Life. (Consider pausing the music at the bottom of the sidebar to your right –direction in fine print below the music player — or viewing the clip here) In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to r...

  • Family Activities to Celebrate Jesus this Easter

    On Friday, March 19 th, 2010

    I’ve quietly slipped in over here today, thinking about Five Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Easter... If you’re preparing to reflectively celebrate Easter too… it’d be a joy hear your plans! You bless! Related: Make Your Own Easter Garden: A Visual Parable 

  • Six (More) Ways for a Family to Celebrate Easter

    On Friday, March 19 th, 2010

    1. Slip off to the quiet of the maple sugar shanty and touch the tapped trees. Listen to the slow drip of the sweet that runs from the trees… And remember the Sweetest Grace that flowed down a Tree was on Calvary…  Taste long of a spoonful of maple syrup — and know His love is far sweeter…. 2. Pour chocolate into Cross molds and reflect on how we...

  • and today on the farm…

    On Thursday, March 18 th, 2010

    only a few words today in the midst … because…. Remember the possibility of sharing the light of the Advent to Lent wreaths with you? so the farm kids — and Mama too — work and serve and steep deep in audio Scripture for hours on end and listen to song hymns and sing too … while we happily labor here in early spring sun falling...

  • If You’re Looking for a Deeply Meaningful Way to Celebrate Easter *UPDATED BELOW….

    On Thursday, March 11 th, 2010

    The Light of the World that Mary carried to Bethlehem, light to shine on those living in the land of the shadow of death, He moves ever closer to Calvary. And the pitch black that fell for three hours at noonday. We walk with Him. We follow the Light. You asked if you could come with us? If your family too could join the tradition of following the Light of Christ through...

  • When You Keep Sinning: The Key to Fasting and a Real Lent

    On Wednesday, March 03 rd, 2010

    After he slings the van door shut, the silence offers an open embrace and I drop my head heavy onto the steering wheel and I wrack sob. Why do I ask to be good but I don’t act good? Why does sin sabotage and this skin seep with the festering stench of self? Why am I broken and why can’t I change and why do I not do the good I want to do and wretched mama am I…. I ...

  • Messianic Passover Seder: Why Christians Celebrate Passover

    On Wednesday, April 01 st, 2009

    Thinking on why Christians would celebrate Passover and the Seder Dinner as we prepare for Easter… I shouldn’t have been surprised when the questions came, probing, searching like a river rushing on. God knew they would. Didn’t He prophesy it millennia ago? “When your children ask their fathers in the time to come…’” (Joshua 4:21). The time is he...

  • Make an Easter Garden: A Visual Parable

    On Tuesday, March 31 st, 2009

    Our beginning, and our mortal fall, began in a garden. Christ’s beginning to right that fall began in a garden, passion anguish dripping great drops of blood. Our new beginning began in a garden, stone rolled away to that echoing tomb, shroud whispering in the wind. So children and I, we make an Easter garden, a miniature remembering of the grief of old beginning, the da...

  • Sweet Supply

    On Thursday, March 26 th, 2009

    I know not what occupied me those long hours of the nailing. But sometime this past week, the woods rang with the pounding of the hammer, echo over the hills, and I must have been busy. Oblivious, deaf. Spigots, they were, driven into the hearts of naked wood. Wood lined with summers known, winters lived, now exposed in chill of mid-March sun. Without a sound, the woods wept,...

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