Lent, Day 11: Holy

Day 11: Holy

The Greenstone United Methodist Church in historic Pullman (on the far south side of Chicago) stands as an inviting space, its interior high-ceilinged, warm and holy. Such a comfortable, welcoming place of worship. I experienced it as holy, indeed.

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Lent, Day 10: Already

Day 10: Already

Already? Is it Friday already? Is it 9:00 already? Is it the end of class already? Is my birthday over already?

Time passes so quickly. Savor each day. Live one day at a time. As Jesus said at the end of Matthew 6, each day has concerns of its own. Consider each day. Live without regrets. Live one day at a time.

NOW is the time we can change: not yesterday, not tomorrow.

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Lent, Day 3: Approval

Day 3: Approval

I attended an Evangelical college for my undergrad degree in church music. Its biblical motto was 2 Timothy 2:15. Even though I have traveled away from Evangelicalism in the decades since, I still try to uphold this verse!

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Lent, Day 2: Perfectionism

Day 2: Perfectionism

This word brought a sad memory to my mind. When I was young, my father worked as a statistician. He held himself to a very high standard – in part because of the extreme detail orientation of his job. So, this photo shows my immediate, gut reaction to this word. Sad, lonely, withdrawn.

Dear Lord, this memory is a sad one. Help me not to focus on the sad, lonely and withdrawn parts of myself that were so easy to access. Instead, direct me towards the love, warmth and caring of You and Your presence with me. In Jesus’ name, amen. #LentenSnapshots2022

Lent, Day 1: Perfect

I photographed these mock orange blossoms last spring near my church. Perfect memory of the large mock orange blossom bush behind my parents’ small brick house on the northwest side of Chicago. #LentenSnapshots2022

Dear Lord, help me to remember how You are perfect, how You are totally righteous, and wish to reconcile us to Yourself. (Especially on Ash Wednesday, when I really need to remember.) Amen.