Archive for March, 2010

Praying with Donuts

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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At the Advent Christmas party in 2006, Pam Willis, doubtless tired of hearing about Lui and how much I loved it and the people there, gave me a gift.  It was a zip-lock bag that contained straw, dirt and a bottle of water.  She called it a “Mud Hut Starter Kit” and I still have it!  It reminds me of a time when I had so much to process about my experience but nobody who could understand what I was saying.  I came back profoundly changed and not altogether for the better!  It was a painful time but there were painful times in Lui, too.  The people there, loving and caring though they were, couldn’t understand me as much as they wished they could and I found that pouring out my feelings in my journals didn’t quite process all that needed processing, either.  (more…)

Bury Me Facing South

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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“Remember you are dust and to dust you will return.”  These words are said as ashes are applied to our foreheads on Ash Wednesday as we are invited to keep a Holy Lent.  We bring the palms from Palm Sunday that have blessed our houses all year and burn them in a bonfire after eating our fill of pancakes while wearing gaudy plastic beads and funny hats.  “Remember you are dust and to dust you will return.”  We hear it but do we really understand what it means to be dust?  And to return to dust?  (more…)