Today is Ash Wednesday and we begin again a walk--familiar, dear, difficult by design, and rich with meaning and memory. Lent is often seen as a 40 day journey, following in the footsteps of Jesus. But after a near full-year of the forced march of Covid, we may want to think twice before putting one foot in front of another. We are tired, without ambition to take on more.
This may be the year to re-frame the journey. This simple, lovely song by Jeff Johnson brings us back to an all important truth. Click below, listen, and know you are not alone. (and read all the way through to the bottom for Lent ideas)
Witnesses on the Way
Lent, Betsey and I are offering a Zoom retreat and would love to have you
join us. It is a surprisingly easy and personal format and can be joined no
matter where you live. Through scripture, reflection, music, and prayer we
will creatively recreate the Stations of the Cross and the stories leading up
Saturday, March 13th, 9am – 3pm (PDT)
10am – 4pm (MDT), 11am – 5pm (CDT), 12pm – 6pm (EDT)
"lunch” break included
via Zoom for St. Placid’s Priory, Lacey, WA
What to expect…
The morning begins
by setting the scene, the great city of Jerusalem in the spring of the year
at Passover, in times both troubled and hopeful. Who was there? We
gather the witnesses, those whose lives will be changed forever by the events
of that day. We will be given the name for the Witness that will be ours
and join a zoom breakout with others having the same person. Using
scripture, historical background, reflection questions, and our creative
imagination we create the back story for our specific Witness. After our
breakout, we come together to meet the other Witnesses.
Prayer, song and
movement are woven throughout all of these gatherings, large and small.
After lunch break,
we are guided in planning the liturgy for an interactive Stations of the
Cross. Our retreat ends with the Stations in character, a powerful and
moving experience. Once again, Kathleen
will be joined by Betsey Beckman as co-presenter!
How many times has the cross been traced upon your brow? First at baptism with the sweet scent of chrism, then sometime later, with one hand still in your mother's, you may have lifted an upturned face to repeat that action with ashes--and repeated it many times more.
Some of us--my siblings, children, and grandchildren, for sure, remember the cross traced upon our foreheads each time we departed from home, "God bless you and bring you home safely." We never started out on a journey unblessed.
However you choose to start this Lent, may you know that you are blessed, that you walk with good companions, and that you are held in strong fingered Hands.