Mark 2:1-12

Lutheran church chancel

As the pastor began to speak the absolution,
+++I stood up and
+++interrupted the liturgy.

“Anyone who looks into their hearts
+++and acknowledges what they find there
+++also finds the power
+++to forgive
+++themselves.”

To the woman on my right
+++I said,
+++“You can still make love

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Advent

"Lights, 2014" by Mike Shell

The world groans.

She cries out under
+++++heartless regimes
+++++propped up by fearful,
+++++hungry people.

The powerless
+++++are driven into homeless exile
+++++in the very battlefields they fled.
Broken,
+++++with their children
+++++stolen from them.

Other ages were more hopeful.

But ours
+++++sees only end times
+++++and flails back

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Winter mammals

“Walden pond ice,” from Rimager’s Walden album on flickr

There’s something wrong with
how we do winter, making it
the busiest time of year. Our calendar

Is all wrong. Yes, the sun
starts back
on the solstice,
but that just means
we should be rolling over in our sleep
and waiting for spring.

Why—though the empire insist—
do we stay above ground,
scurrying around
as if
everything has to

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Wendell Berry, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry, from The Mad Farmer Poems (2014)

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a

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