Writing prompt: We must — at some point along our Lenten journey — be candid about death.
The truth of death is painful, which is why it is important that we keep one another company in the shadows of death. Even Jesus, praying at Gethsemane before his death, asked his friends to keep him company. “Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here and stay awake with me.'” (Matthew 26:8, NRSV)

It was hard to look in his face as he was dying. I was glad the last time I saw him, he could look at me and know me. I could speak the words he spoke in other ways – the smile, the hug, the pride of a father. And when my time comes, will I, like him, cross a threshold, alone, yet accompanied by unseen loving memories and companions? Brother Christ, who faced the shadow of death alone, help us as we walk daily with our little deaths, until we find a way to befriend the darkness.




(photo of Iona Abbey, taken September 2011)