CM – Another Look: Lent and the Gospel Story

We have begun our journey into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In a January 7, 2011 post, “Epiphany and the Days to Come,” I pointed out that the Epiphany season is representative of the first half of theContinue reading “CM – Another Look: Lent and the Gospel Story”

CM – Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as wellContinue reading “CM – Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God”

CM – another look: midwinter

midwinter in long and deep midwinter dreams of spring arise of fulsome brooks and fragile buds of warmer winds and skies that, moaning, pour the anguished tears of childbirth on the land and ‘midst the muddy, messy muck transform the slender strands weaving a carpet ‘neath the trees which don their own green gowns and fillContinue reading “CM – another look: midwinter”

CM – On My Winter Playlist…

For all with cabin fever — seasonal or otherwise. Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend Today these eyes scan bleached-out lands For the coming of the outbound stage Pacing the cage… • Songwriter:Continue reading “CM – On My Winter Playlist…”

Another Look: the cruelest month…

the cruelest month… t. s. eliot was wrong—it is not april, but november. it is november that sucks the color out of the world. it is november that brutally strips the brilliant textured sweater off the tree and leaves it naked, shivering against the gray, cold wind. it is november, when sky becomes steel, earthContinue reading “Another Look: the cruelest month…”

A Serving of Capon for Carnival

“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in ourContinue reading “A Serving of Capon for Carnival”

Another Look: Church Year Spirituality

Note from CM: In our worship service at church this morning, I will be continuing our series on “Why We Worship as We Do,” and our subject is the Church Year. The worship we practice each week is set within a larger annual calendar. This post, repeated and updated over the years, explains the benefitsContinue reading “Another Look: Church Year Spirituality”

Winter Spirituality III

Winter Spirituality III Thoughtful for Winter’s future sorrow, Its gloom and scarcity; Prescient to-day, of want to-morrow, Toiled quiet Memory. ‘Tis she that from each transient pleasure Extracts a lasting good; ‘Tis she that finds, in summer, treasure To serve for winter’s food. And when Youth’s summer day is vanished, And Age brings Winter’s stress,Continue reading “Winter Spirituality III”