The Last Week of Lent

As the last week of Lent began, it felt like dominoes collapsing!

Early in the week, I saw so much beauty: pansies, Lenten roses, crocuses, cherry blossoms, forsythia, daffodils and all kinds of  colored buds! 

All were like blinking lanterns illuminating hope that spring is on the way.

. . . we’ll find our youth again. Nothing ever seems impossible in spring, you know. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Ingleside, 1939

The coming of spring does spur me on to think of impossible things— like finding youth again; sitting on the floor and getting up in one forward motion —planting and  putzing in the yard for hours instead of minutes. 

Then Holy Week 2024 was punctuated mid-week with calamitous news.  A container ship  —its power system failed — collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, collapsing the  structure like dominoes. (Baltimore Bridge Collapses) 

like dominoes

The Key Bridge Collapse, Hindustan Times

Suddenly it felt like blinking NARNIA — always winter— never Christmas!

lent and dominoes

Suddenly spring felt like Narnia!

You know, we have seen some pretty dramatic interruptions in the status quo in the past few years;  reminding us  we may not be as large and in charge  of our times as we like to think. 

From natural disasters, wars, famines, personal setbacks  to artificial intelligence— does it seem like our “power systems have failed? 

Is Life Just Like Dominoes?

Dominoes do not collapse on their own —Is there anything behind all these “collapses” we see? Like an intelligence or purpose? 

Lord God, I Hope So! 

In interview in the New York Times, author and octogenarian Marilynne Robinson wrote

My theological question is how to reconcile the cruelty of the world with the idea of God’s omnipotence and I simply assume that is something I will not understand in this life. ~  Marilynne Robinson, Considers Joe Biden a Gift from God

Hoping in the life to come I am — not just for the rest, but for understanding:

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

As if I could understand an explanation! 

I don’t think I will ever fully grasp the why or how of how God did what He did —echoing the clay pot to the Potter. 

after Lent

Doubting Thomas*

That hope, though, that I will see and hear and touch the One who

is  why Marilynne Robinson agree about a favorite scripture: 

 “God is faithful.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 )

 . . . and He is Worthy — Singing and passing along the HOPE dear reader!

Meanwhile, lets’ keep  helping each other out of our grave clothes in His name for His glory and our good but also for our neighbors’ good. (See How These Christians Love )


Happy Easter!

*Doubting Thomas 

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