Post #10.3, Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Historical setting: 563 C.E., on the western shore of Gaul The vendor seems cautious about Nic’s helmet for trade. He’s noticing the grimy leather at the neck edge, the slight bend in the cheek plate and particularly, he frowns at the fade and wilt of the tattered plume. Nic yanks the plume from it’s fitting.Continue reading “Post #10.3, Tuesday, July 7, 2020”

Post #10.2, Thursday, July 2, 2020

Historical setting: 563 C.E., on the western shore of Gaul          It’s easy to identify when it is someone else’s random hate. But when it is my own, I have so little clarity. When I see the crazies of wrath in others I simply mouth the Christian slogans, “hate is not the opposite of loveContinue reading “Post #10.2, Thursday, July 2, 2020”

Post #9.10, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age on the Saxony Shore of Gaul The priest might have met Nic last night, and it may be that Nic remembered his promise to be my sponsor, and that we would meet in Constantia. I asked Father Silas if he heard where the man was staying.          “Funny, you askContinue reading “Post #9.10, Tuesday, June 23, 2020”

Post #8.7, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul          I, the newest recruit at the oars, am serving guard duty with one who has completed his full obligation. He seems to be contemplating his life and the opportunities before him.          At the next tower turn on the wall with this man who calls himself NicContinue reading “Post #8.7, Tuesday, May 19, 2020”

Post #7.12, Tuesday, April 28,2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul, some say 562 C.E. “I remember the Roman galley which I can see right now from this place where I sit on the harbor wall. And it is still hanging from the ropes for repairs.  I would guess my healing is coming better than the repairs of rotContinue reading “Post #7.12, Tuesday, April 28,2020”

Good Friday, Post #7.5.1, Friday, 4-10-2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul          The relentless love of God for all Creation riles the prayerless who fear the power of forgiveness.  The Romans feared. The persecutors of the Jews feared. …  Fear guises as power and commits executions.             Jesus, I’m remembering you in this darkness. I hear the Roman guardContinue reading “Good Friday, Post #7.5.1, Friday, 4-10-2020”

Maunday Thursday, Post #7.5, April,9, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul          The wait is long. I remember in glimpses. We are pouring the wine – there is plenty yet we share. We are passing the wine and the bread. We have songs – the old psalms – the running over cup – the table spread before our enemies.Continue reading “Maunday Thursday, Post #7.5, April,9, 2020”

Post #7.4, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul          Jesus is here with so many followers even before our table servants are here. Martha is still in the kitchen instructing the cooks and probably arranging and rearranging the olives and bay leaves onto the platters for the still roasting meats. Martha does obsess over details. WhileContinue reading “Post #7.4, Wednesday, April 8, 2020”

Post #7.3, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul The cold night wind comes down through this dark. I can hear the sounds of night terrors – the scream of a weasel loosing the life battle with a lion. This night is filled with beasts. I hear the ravages, licking and tugging at the meats. The winningContinue reading “Post #7.3, Tuesday, April 7, 2020”

Post #7.2, Thursday, April 2, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul          More voices stir around in the darkness.          “Look, it seems to be a man here who was stripped and beaten and yet this horror is all so close to this busy road.”          “Has no one passed this way yet and taken notice?”          “Why doesn’tContinue reading “Post #7.2, Thursday, April 2, 2020”