Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Ash Wednesday

Hey. Well, it was yesterday rather than today that was a downer. Today, which is the normally somber Ash Wednesday, should be a cheery picker-upper compared to yesterday. It was one of those days that starts with someone insulting your mom, goes on to someone kicking your dog, somebody else lifting your wallet, and the final indignity, somebody messing with your hat. Ah well.

I keep wondering how many people get that part of my teaching technique is to not do all the teaching. The Tao Te Ching (or some Chinese source) may be Machiavellian, depending on your reading of it, when it says that when the leader leads well, the people will say, we did it ourselves. But I choose to be naive about it and take it at face value. All of which is to say that Kristen has made Ash Wednesday her own, and that's very cool.

The infection spreads, though. I hear from Dawn that Amber led an Ash Wednesday service in Pennsylvania today. Little by little, the LGBC virus perfuses the environment, mutates to adapt to and be more virulent in local conditions, keeps to its mission of replacing other DNA with its own. Thus comes the Kingdom...

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3 Comments:

Blogger kalhoun said...

There were many more Ash Wednesday services around the world under the [C]atholic umbrella. We are but a drop in the big wide ocean...

12:21 PM  
Blogger Lorenloo said...

i wish i was there to be drive-by ashed. would it count if i burned some palm tree and did it myself?

today is also chinese new year, and danny's birthday. a strange venn diagram, indeed.

4:36 PM  
Blogger the abbess nygren said...

The infection spreads indeed... after leaving your house Saturday I decided I wanted to observe Lent (for the first time) this year. The whole scoop is posted on my blog at the link below.

http://zhook.squarespace.com/journal

Good to see you in the blogosphere, sir.

Much love to you, the amazing Mrs. Thames, and the kids I hope my future progeny will emulate.

3:17 PM  

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