Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

Psalm 78:1-39  Jeremiah 7:21-34  Romans 4:13-25  John 7:37-52

He [God] remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.                                                                                    — Psalm 78:39

Whoever believes in me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
— John 7:38

It’s not Lent that I prepare for, but Ash
   Wednesday’s certainty that

I am but “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

Restless to plumb the Mystery, my mind wants
   to rest anyplace but in this certainty.

These molecules, I breathe: am I not part of
   Something larger, carbon recycled from the
   flesh of a whale, chloride from the salty

In the end, I can follow my breath, pausing
   before the exhale.
This is something I can do.

But the waiting for faith. Not so easy.

My prayer for life (and death):

Please, dear God, let me rest in the peace of
   Your living waters.

— Leslie Middleton

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