Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Still

Still
grief traces its path across the day

Still
courage and loss
brokenness and hope
linger in the morning breeze

Still
compassion and promise
tenderness and fierce love
reverence and respect
open the way

Still
God binds up the brokenhearted
and calls us to do the same
and to step forth with our best
walking beside us all the while

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Announcing Expectant!


Publication of my new book
Available from Church Publishing
https://www.churchpublishing.org/expectant


In the spirit of expectancy, these meditations focus on seeking and seeing God in the everyday of ordinary lives based on a psalm that corresponds to the daily office for the season of Advent.

 “Anne Kitch hears the still small voice beneath the roar of everyday life. In Expectant, a quiet, poetic, meditative, and accessible book, she tells you what she has heard, and shows you, by example, how to listen.”
––Sean Rowe, eighth bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania

“These small bite-size nuggets of spiritual wisdom allow us to comprehend what the mature life of faith lived out over a lifetime has to offer us.”
––Sylvia Sweeney, dean and president of Bloy House, The Episcopal School at Claremont

“Walking with Anne and the psalmist in this season of holy expectation offers us a luminous, numinous experience as we wait in vigilant hope for the coming of Jesus.”
––Peter M. Wallace, producer and host of “Day1” and author of Getting to Know Jesus (Again): Meditations for Lent

“Anne Kitch crafts an Advent calendar to enlighten predawn darkness, carry through the day, and ponder well into the winter night.”
––Sam Portaro, former Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Chicago and Director of Brent House, author of Sense and Sensibility: A Lenten Exploration


ANNE E. KITCH is a priest, educator, writer, and speaker whose work is grounded in the conviction that God's grace arrives in the everyday. Kitch currently serves as the rector of St. Luke’s Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The author of The Anglican Family Prayer Book, Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting, Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church, and the popular What We Do in Church series for children, she publishes online meditations at sacredstumbling.blogspot.com.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Alleluia!


Easter!

Now is the time
to let your alleluia’s ring

alleluias of thanksgiving
alleluias of joy
alleluias of triumph

alleluias of renewal
alleluias of promise
alleluias of courage


Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bereft

Holy Saturday

Will your wonders be known in the dark?
or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
Psalm 88:13



A morning that does not dawn
in grief-laden hearts

A day where promised love is bereft
of any power to breach the darkness

A landscape for the forgotten

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pierced

Good Friday

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
Psalm 22:1



Such a small thing
a thorn

that pierces
the fabric of the world
rending hearts and hopes

leaving tatters

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The way ahead

Maundy Thursday

When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path;
in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
Psalm 142:3

This way lies abandonment and loss

This way proffers anguish
and silence in response to entreaty

This way is perilous and impassable
and the way that must be traveled

This way begins with vulnerability
and compassion
and feet that have been bathed with love










Image Copyright Олена Сушицька

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Enemy territory

Wednesday in Holy Week

Turn you steps toward the endless ruins;
the enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary.
Psalm 74:3

The path also wends its way
into the ruins
of misplaced hopes
and distorted vision
and arrogant sinfulness

Now is the time to let these burdens drop--
to abandon them
in the enemy’s territory
and keep walking

For even here
the promise of new life
manifests in the foreground

The only way forward is through