The Rev. Malcolm Marler, head of chaplaincy services at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, has hit upon a new (or old) idea this Lent, setting up a table in his hospital, greeting passersby and offering Prayers to Go for anyone who asked. I think of it as a variation on Ashes to Go, a popular offering by American churches on Ash Wednesday. Malcolm set up a music player to muffle people’s voices for privacy’s sake, and served visitors, patients, staff, whoever asked for a good word. The Daily Office has a lot of ordained, lay and student chaplains in our congregation, and this photo aims to support them in their work. Besides, with that smiling dome of his, who wouldn’t stop and find out what he was up to? (Malcolm Marler on Facebook)

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