“Watchful Women” at The Christian Century

christian-cent-w-frameWhen my mother died early on a spring evening in 1993, the ladies of the garden club and the bridge club gathered around my family to stand sentinel over the old-fashioned ritual of paying calls on the bereaved. My parents lived in a Southern city, in a Federal-period house, in a neighborhood called Olde Towne. The formal, high-ceilinged living spaces, furnished with antiques from both sides of the family, might have left you wondering what year you had walked into …

(Read the rest of this lectionary essay at The Christian Century’s blog. I wrote the Living By the Word entry for Easter, which you may find in the magazine or online here if you are a digital or print subscriber.)

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