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How I spent yesterday afternoon.

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March 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

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Praying through Lent

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This Lent Charity and I have been sporadically praying through Eastertide.  We’re most faithful at praying the Vespers prayers.  Each evening we finish with a petition and a thanksgiving.  The petition reads:

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.  Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.  Amen.

When I pray this prayer I often think of the sad and lonely who weep or work during the night.  Sometimes I think of the joyous (little Marjorie H. often comes to mind).

Last week brought another part of the prayer home when I received an email from a former coworker.  She told me that one of my favorite coworkers died the night before after two weeks in the hospital.  At age 52, on her retirement date, she had a massive heart attack and stroke.  Little did I know as I prayed these Lenten vesper prayers, I was praying for Kathy as she lay dying.

Last night, in That Distant Land, I read a Wendell Berry short story about an old man quietly facing and embracing his impending death.  It reminded me of the ubiquity of this human experience.  It reminded me that my grandfather isn’t that far from this.

I love how these prayers awaken me to the wisdom of the church.  I’m grateful to be praying for folks, even when I don’t know that I am.

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March 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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