This week we will be exploring L.S. Dugdale’s book, “The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving forgotten wisdom

Today’s Bible reading

Luke 22:14-20 CEB

14 When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. 15 He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” 17 After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” 19 After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.

More thoughts for meditation 

“For a discussion of spirit, it seemed appropriate to present stained glass as another art form closely related to an art of dying. Stained glass can be found in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship, as well as in cemeteries and funeral parlors. This image links the notion of shalom (written in Hebrew) to what is described in the chapter as “vandalized shalom. “The glass is composed of fragments, more clearly shattered in the bottom half. The dove, which represents peace or shalom, is itself fragmented and inverted. Preparation for death helps to rescue us from vandalized shalom.”

Suggestions for action

Often, religious communities help us consider the existential questions the come up at the end of life. Practicing moving from lent to Easter is one way our community practices processing our questions around death. Yet, for many people who are “spiritual but not religious” Dugdale asks “do we feel compelled by the demands of modernity to shirk the beliefs of traditional religious communities?” 

Which religious practices have been most useful to you for offering hope as you think about death? 

Google that practice an learn something about it. What are the meanings behind the symbols used?

 

If a practice doesn’t come to mind, pray that God would introduce one to you and ask a spiritually minded friend about some practices that are valuable to them.