Hello paradise

Truly I say to you today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)

 The golden valley, Samuel Palmer

The golden valley, Samuel Palmer

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

HONESTY and faith

The honesty of one criminal hanging next to Jesus ('I deserve this') - the naming of here - leads like escaping air to a release of faith ('remember me when you come into power') and possibly a kindness too for I imagine it warming Jesus' heart even as he suffered terribly.  Honesty and faith are grounded, close words and actions, describing what is, and are not merely for there and then.

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