Good Friday - John 19:1-30
In the beginning was the Word. Words from the opening of the Gospel of John. Words we usually read at Christmastime. They proclaim God incarnate, the Word of God, the Word Made Flesh, coming into this world. But now we are a long way from Christmas. Where is the joy of the child born to us, the son given to us?
And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him, all things came into being; not one thing came into being except through him. What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of humankind. And light shines in the darkness, and the darkness…
Fifth Sunday of Lent (C) - Isaiah 43:16-21
I’d never seen Laurel nervous before. Granted, I’d only known her for about seven weeks, the length of time we’d been together at Bear Creek Lutheran Camp as counselors, but in that time, she’d always struck me as a strong, confident young woman of great integrity. Well, strong and confident for age twenty, anyway. It was a very strange experience working on a staff with people who were all a decade younger than I. In any case, we all knew Laurel for being a strong person, with feminist ideologies that were, actually, perfectly suited to help form and empower the young, faithful girls entrusted to her care. She was always the first one leading any hike, especially on the way up Bald Mountain, which meant, well, looking at my figure, we were always on opposite ends of the parade. Laurel was always eager to meet any challenge head-on. So it was a surprise to find her seriously concerned about her ability to face up to the task ahead: Taking on a group of campers in senior high school.