March 23

It seems that Love has something to say on this day.

“Must we be whiplashed incessantly between joy and sorrow, expectation and disappointment? Is it not possible to live from a place of greater equilibrium, to find a deeper and steadier current?” —Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope

“…when we are surrounded by despairing voices, when we do not see any exits, then we can find salvation in a remembered love… a living force that sustains us in the present.” —Henri Nouwen

“Welcome to the descent. As we slip down deeper and deeper, I invite you to remember… that it is not in perfection that we reach the divine, but through the gateway of our mistakes and our suffering…” —Mirabai Starr

Disentangle me
Create in me a new heart
Surrendered to Love


Love spills, softens, permeates our being, and we open to one another.

“Life is embodied network.” —David George Haskell


In today’s Keep Watch with Me Lenten Reader, Community organizer Justin Jones tells a story of a Holy Week protest and the movement of the Spirit, “Before we engaged in our sit-in, many of us were strangers; now, a trust and openness to something that transcended our own beings bonded us.”


“I would say there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else… The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family…” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream


It fills my heart with so much joy seeing the creative work inspired by this Lenten design. I’m not kidding… it’s pretty much bursting right now. So, while my heart is bursting, I might as well let this secret out, too. There’s a word worked into this design… perhaps, more than anything, it’s what the world needs now.


In today’s ’40 Days of Giving’ devotion, Pastor Malpica shares the story of a mother’s unending love for her daughter and the accompaniment of ELCA World Hunger, which “loved them to the end.” ~The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for ELCA Global Mission

“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” ~John 13:1b




Notes from worship today at Living Word Lutheran Church


Notes from Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s talks at the LEAD event on March 22, 2014. Please forgive me for any paraphrasing that doesn’t quite hit the mark, and realize there’s some of my own stuff in here, too… questions, things I pondered while processing the notes, prayers, etc.

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