Lent 5 C

what the priest missed


one life
is not enough


69 years, 5 months, 22 days
has layers of lives


evening and morning
an arc is approximated


so many Lazarus cycles
like starry sand


come and gone
gone and come


near as breath
far as blue yonder


another is ready
to be collaged


each one
a challenge


easier internally
for puzzlers


for privileged
threatened danger


enough lives
show poverty


so few lives
in an eternity


Lazarus is a means test
revealing the poor among us


choose beauty
choose thanks


these bring life
in their wake


awakening anew
a next birth






This is the 1,000th post on this blog. Quite a milestone for a distractible sprinter.

In the midst of an internal celebration it is helpful to both remember and forget. Let's remember Lazarus. He had a wonderful 2nd chance and was plotted against that he wouldn't have a 3rd try. Whether 2nd or 1,000th it is important to simply be faithful in the moment. No number of iterations is holy.

We remember that new things are always breaking in upon us and to fall back on past accomplishments would bring no added value, no matter how many more opportunities come around. There is a need to not coast off this high-value moment or a high school sports award. This, too, will pass away in its usefulness to respond to new occasions.

We remember to be thankful for the 42nd posting and the 666th posting. Each and every posting was critical to arriving at a next and a next and a 1,000th next.

And so, remembering to forget what lies behind and trusting another week will arrive for your poster boy, it is time to simply reach ahead to a preferred future already knocking on the door and to respond to a beckoning onward.

May you find your own equivalent of a 1,000th posting and rejoice for seeds planted a long while ago coming to fruition and for a next opportunity to go further than can now be imagined.