Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

God formed a human from the dust of the ground,
and breathed into their nostrils the breath of life;
and they became a living being.
- Genesis 2.7 -

Photo: © iStock.com / elinedesignservices (image #43282422)Despite the ash stained faces that mark its beginning, lent is a season of hope.

It’s a time to see ourselves as we really are, in all our tininess, fragility, and insignificance. And a time to see ourselves as we really are in all our belovedness - made in the image of God.

It’s a time when we see the world as it really is: broken and ravaged by violence; beautiful, abundant and ever renewing.

This lent, as we pay attention to both sides of reality, we will gather each week to listen for the voice of the Divine, rest in the Great Love, and gather the wisdom and strength we need to navigate this beautiful, broken, miraculous life. Janice Roggenkamp and I will offer introductions and brief instructions for each practice and then all together we will experiment and explore.

  • March 5 Guided Meditation from Richard Rohr to help us begin
  • March 12 Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading), a practice of reading that allows us to listen for a word, phrase, or image that speaks a word of God to us.
  • March 19 Centering Prayer, wordless prayer that invites us to be still in God’s presence.
  • March 26 Praying the Labyrinth, the path is symbolic of the journey inward toward God’s illumination and then outward, grounded in God and empowered to act in the world. (In the sanctuary)
  • April 2 The Loving-Kindness Meditation; “a meditation of tenderness and compassion for oneself and others; a softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper and deeper levels of kindness and pure love.” (www.contemplativemind.org)

So let us be marked
not for sorrow,
but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made
and the stars that blaze
in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.
- Jan Richardson -