Hello endings

It is finished. (John 19:30)

Automat, Edward Hopper 1927 (wikiart)

Automat, Edward Hopper 1927 (wikiart)


It can help to find the words to tell the truth of where you are now.  If you can find the courage to name ‘here’ – especially in the place where you do not wish to be – it can help you be there.  Padraig O Tuama


It is said that we each have our own ending style and are recipients of others ending styles be they leaving parties or ending relationships.  Just to say something is over or finished is a big deal.  Jesus comes across here as a completer-finisher, tying up all the loose ends, not shirking from anything, putting things in order.  I am reminded of 2 unconnected things.  One a single line in a poem roughly remembered that has held hope for me: 'each new beginning is the child of an ending it did not think it could endure'. The other strikes me now how much Jesus's assiduous care about how things are done also holds me, helps me.

Bridget A Braybooks, by permission

Introduction to Lent 2017: Welcome to Here

“Saying our hellos (to grief, to wonder,...) through the accounts of Jesus life in the gospel of Mark.”   — Introduction