Lenten Meditations: March 19

We would rather be ruined than be changed.

We would rather die in dread

Than climb the cross of the moment

And let our illusions die.

  • from W.H Auden’s The Age of Anxiety



How true do these words feel to you? Are there instances in which you would change happily and other times where change is unthinkable?

As we emerge from the past two years of pandemic, we are all changed and we will continue to change—both as individuals and as the institution of Plymouth Church, Minneapolis. In what ways do you wish us (or yourself) to change, and what changes, if any, do you dread?


Dear God, may we as individuals and as an institution, climb the cross of the moment and allow our illusions to die. And remind us always to be gentle with ourselves and with one another as we discern, learn, and grow together.