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“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Timeworn

Every Sunday morning right after the pastoral prayer, our congregation says the Lord’s Prayer in unison. We all know it. No one has to rustle through a pew Bible or flip through a hymnal to try to find a copy. Everyone knows the words and pauses – including the visitors, who only hesitate one extra second to see if we’ll say debts or trespasses (we say trespasses).

When I was a high school English teacher, one of my first assignments was to have my students re-write the Pledge of Allegiance without using any of its original wording. It didn’t take long for them to ask if they could consult a dictionary because they didn’t really know what allegiance or justice – or even pledge – meant exactly.

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Easter Evening

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

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Easter

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But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

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Holy Saturday

Day 40 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend.

Jesus is Buried

Matthew 27:57-66

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

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Good Friday

Day 39 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend.

The Death of Jesus

Mark 15:33-41

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

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And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

Luke 22:19, 20 NIV

Maundy Thursday

Day 38 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend.

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

John 13 (excerpted)

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

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