Stations of the Cross XIII: the earth


It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:44-46 (NRSV)


13. the earth

we have not stopped spinning
since the moment Your voice
called us into action

for You are life.
Your voice compelled us
to bring forth life
and we revel in that life

but now,
what now?

now even we

now even we




what do you do when life dies?


Creator God, You made this world and everything that lives and breathes.  Let us pause together, now, and mark Your passing. (Spend several minutes in silence.)



Slats (they/them/theirs) is a queer/trans/nonbinary Presbyterian (PCUSA). They hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and a Master of Divinity and they deeply love liturgy and hymnody.  They write, preach, teach and often work as a director and sound designer for live theater.  They are currently in the ordination process, and spend much of their time working toward claiming queer/trans space in Christianity.

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