Posts Tagged ‘Marked By Ashes – The Journey with Jesus


2.13.13 … Ash Wednesday … marked by ashes or just imposed on …

Lenten practices, the 40 Days of Lent, Sorting it Out, labyrinth walk, giving up Facebook, drinking only water, Walter Brueggemann, Marked By Ashes – The Journey with Jesus: 

Lent, the period of prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter, is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, and Easter. How can that be?

Answer: The answer takes us back to the earliest days of the Church. Christ’s original disciples, who were Jewish, grew up with the idea that the Sabbath—the day of worship and of rest—was Saturday, the seventh day of the week, since the account of creation in Genesis says that God rested on the seventh day.

Christ rose from the dead, however, on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the early Christians, starting with the apostles (those original disciples), saw Christ’s Resurrection as a new creation, and so they transferred the sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

Since all Sundays—and not simply Easter Sunday—were days to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, Christians were forbidden to fast and do other forms of penance on those days. Therefore, when the Church expanded the period of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter from a few days to 40 days (to mirror Christ’s fasting in the desert, before He began His public ministry), Sundays could not be included in the count.

Thus, in order for Lent to include 40 days on which fasting could occur, it had to be expanded to six full weeks (with six days of fasting in each week) plus four extra days—Ash Wednesday and the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that follow it. Six times six is thirty-six, plus four equals forty. And that’s how we arrive at the 40 days of Lent!

via How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated? – How To Calculate the 40 Days of Lent.

I am trying a few: regular labyrinth walks, drinking only water, and  …

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To be clear: we’re not asking you to fast for Forty days. We’re just asking you to ditch the morning coffee and o.j., leave out the lunchtime soda, and cancel the evening beverage in lieu of clean water from the tap. By sacrificing your daily routine, you will make a difference in the daily routine of a person in Africa.

It’s a big commitment to not drink anything but water for Forty days. But from February 13th to March 30th, that’s exactly what we’re asking you to do. It’s a lot easier if you do it with other people like your friends or family. Remember, Sundays are feast days! You get to enjoy your favorite beverages one day out of the week, which will remind you just how much you miss them the other 6 days.

Be sure to visit the webstore to order a new Blood:Water bottle to remind you to head to the tap!

By giving up what you’d normally drink in exchange for the water from your tap you can save that money to help build clean water projects for communities in Uganda!

You can stay updated on the work you are enabling by reading our BLOG and UGANDA PROJECT UPDATES.

via Forty Days | 40 Days of Water | Blood Water Mission | How to Take Part.

My favorite Lenten thought . . . ..

Sorting it Out

a Lenten toolbox for adjusting your focus and supporting your soul

Rather than viewing Lent as a season of drab and dreary self-examination and sacrifice that waters down its spiritual potency, we might see it as a time offered to us each year simply to sort things out. It can be an intentional period of 40 days that can be used to realign the disorder in our life that keep us out of balance with our own soul and with the God who loves us boundlessly, unconditionally, and eternally. Using Lent to take an honest look at the disarray inside ourselves with an eye to discarding the debris leaves us renewed, with eagerness, enthusiasm, gratitude, and a readiness to offer ourselves to God and to the world.

via – Sorting It Out..

Walter Brueggemann, Marked By Ashes – The Journey with Jesus:

Marked by Ashes by Walter Brueggemann (b. 1933)

Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . .

This day — a gift from you.

This day — like none other you have ever given, or we have ever received.

This Wednesday dazzles us with gift and newness and possibility.

This Wednesday burdens us with the tasks of the day, for we are already halfway home

halfway back to committees and memos,

halfway back to calls and appointments,

halfway on to next Sunday,

halfway back, half frazzled, half expectant,

half turned toward you, half rather not.

This Wednesday is a long way from Ash Wednesday,

but all our Wednesdays are marked by ashes —

we begin this day with that taste of ash in our mouth:

of failed hope and broken promises,

of forgotten children and frightened women,

we ourselves are ashes to ashes, dust to dust;

we can taste our mortality as we roll the ash around on our tongues.

We are able to ponder our ashness with

some confidence, only because our every Wednesday of ashes

anticipates your Easter victory over that dry, flaky taste of death.

On this Wednesday, we submit our ashen way to you —

you Easter parade of newness.

Before the sun sets, take our Wednesday and Easter us,

Easter us to joy and energy and courage and freedom;

Easter us that we may be fearless for your truth.

Come here and Easter our Wednesday with

mercy and justice and peace and generosity.

We pray as we wait for the Risen One who comes soon.

via Walter Brueggemann – Marked By Ashes – The Journey with Jesus.

“Solvitur Ambulando”  – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten Walks, MPBC, MPUMC:

Ash Wednesday walk with a favorite labyrinth partner, Cheryl.  We walked MPBC in the rain. It was a wonderful walk.  Although I did not calm my mind down as much as I like, I did love what came to my racing mind’s attention. Note the leafless/lifeless tress … the earthworm  – “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”  … reflection of the umbrella in the sculpted lighting … rosemary blooms – and rosemary always makes me think of Dan’s mom and this quote from Hamlet –

Hamlet by William Shakespeare: Act 4. Scene V OPHELIA:

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray,

love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts.

via Hamlet by William Shakespeare: Act 4. Scene V.

Then coffee at Queens with Cheryl …   And how we have endless things than we can talk about.
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Second walk … at MPUMC, the site of my first Lenten Walk last year.  Not quite as “thin” an experience as last year, but still a useful “practice.”  I do love the last photo … a reflection of the canvas labyrinth in the stained glass doors …
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2013 Festival of Legal Learning, Using the Cloud, National Security Law Update:
First, I learned that I am way behind on using cloud-based resources.  🙂

Using the Cloud: Resources, Protections and Ethical Considerations by Steve J. Melamut, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, UNC School of Law and Information Technology Services Librarian, Kathrine R. Everett Law Library

Lawyers are increasingly interested in using cloud- based resources such as Dropbox, Box, iCloud, SkyDrive and UbuntuOne for file storage and easy access from multiple locations. Come to this session to learn about client related security and ethical obligations.

And second, every thing about Mr. Silliman’s presentation was interesting … very sad that this will be his last after 15+ years of presenting.

National Security Law Update by Scott L. Silliman, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke University School of Law; and Judge, United States Court of Military Commission Review

This session will focus on a number of current national security topics including issues pertaining to targeted killings, including the killing of American citizens, the trial of alleged terrorists in military commissions, and surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

unfriending,  Facebook, Julia Angwin, online  privacy: Privacy issues … have you ever considered this?
I am going to spend this week “unfriending” all of my Facebook friends because I have come to believe that Facebook cannot provide me the level of privacy that I need. And yet, I am not quitting entirely because I believe that as an author and a journalist, it is important to have a Facebook presence.

My specific concern with Facebook is what NYU Professor Helen Nissenbaum calls a lack of “contextual integrity,” – which is a fancy way of saying that when I share information with a certain group or friend on Facebook, I am often surprised by where the data ends up.

Professor Nissenbaum argues that many online services – of which Facebook is simply the most prominent example –share information in ways that violate the social norms established in offline human relationships.

via Why I’m unfriending you on Facebook | Julia Angwin.

Davidson, Breakfast of Champions – Beer & chili feast, Food and Dining: Hmmmm …


This Saturday, Feb. 16, the Davidson Farmer’s Market and Summit Coffee will present another Breakfast of Champions,, a morning feast of chili and beer!

via Beer & chili feast, new pizza shop, Flying Fish moves | Food and Dining.

Scholastic,  Harry Potter  Series, all-new cover art,  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 15 years; 7 new covers …  As always, I like the old ones …

Accio some thrilling news! Today, Scholastic unveiled an all-new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! And better yet, it’s just the first of seven (7!) new covers that will appear on U.S. trade paperback editions coming in September 2013. It’s all part of the upcoming 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series.

The fact that we’re releasing new covers is awesome, but even more amazing is the incredible illustrator who designed them: Kazu Kibuishi! (You might know his name from his best-selling Amulet series, published by our Graphix imprint!) Kibuishi is a longtime Harry Potter fan who called this opportunity, “more than a little surreal.”

via 15 years; 7 new covers!.

 Atlanta GA, Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906, Atlanta History Center:


Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906, by resident playwright Addae Moon, involves audiences in the ideas, debates, emotions, and perspectives that led to the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot – a pivotal, yet unfamiliar event in Atlanta’s history.

Discover 1906 with trailblazing African American journalist, J. Max Barber, editor of Voice of the Negro in this provocative gallery-based theater experience exploring the headlines, people, and events of one of the city’s seminal episodes of race and memory.

Barber leads audience members through eight memory stations designed to place participants among the sights and sounds of 1906 Atlanta. The memory stations explore themes including disenfranchisement, Jim Crow laws, the Niagara Movement, segregation, fairness and equality, and the power of the media. At each memory station, guests meet and interact with historical characters such as Thomas Dixon, author of The Clansman, and Atlanta Judge Nash Broyles, as well as average citizens affected by the event. The actors, sound and music, sets and props, movement and images help to immerse the visitor and make history come to life in this History Matters production.

via Atlanta History Center | Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906 | Atlanta, GA.

Catholic Stephen Colbert,  Pope Benedict’s resignation, Presbyterians: I don’t know why he’s picking on Presbyterians … just watch the whole thing … too many zingers to list them all …

 “No pope is black smoke, a new pope is white smoke, I assume slacker pope is bong smoke,” he joked.


Worst of all, the pope’s departure on Feb. 28  is going to leave the church’s top vacant for as long as a month. Colbert predicted “a Catholic free-for-all” where the once-devout will be “passing out Pez dispensers full of birth control pills, using the Lord’s name in vain, coveting thy neighbor’s wife, killing anybody you want. It’ll be like being a Presbyterian.”

via Catholic Stephen Colbert outraged by Pope Benedict’s resignation –

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