July 2, 2017
Matthew 10:40-42
Romans 6:12-23
Genesis 22:1-14

Sober reflections

Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20

Wayne Brouwer
Schuyler Rhodes

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My memories of my great-grandmother Bolt are very vague. I was a young lad when my parents took my older sister and me to see her at a retirement home in Willmar, Minnesota. I can remember the strange and mildly irritating smell of the place, and the dim incandescence of the corridor with its waxed linoleum. We tried unsuccessfully to turn down the volume of our clattering steps and shuffled into the room quietly, nervously afraid of arousing death before its time.

"Grandma Bolt" (as we were told to call her) reclined in an oversized lounger, barely aware of us. Her mouth hung open and she wore wrinkled skin several sizes too big over a shrinking frame. A musty afghan draped her carelessly. She couldn't quite catch what my mom tried to tell her in a stage-whisper shout. We touched her hands and she seemed to fumble for ours with fingers gnarled and cold.

I can only recall this single visit to...

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