Joy

10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  (John 15:10-11 (NRSV))   Joy has not been my companion […]

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Romans 15:12-14 (NRSV) 12 and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.” 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. […]

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Isaiah 2:3-5  (NRSV) 3     Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from […]

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Remembering and Holding

Two of my cousin’s daughters have enlisted in the U.S. military and are now in their first month of boot camp. I’m trying to write a note to them, and have the usual dilemma of what to say to people I don’t know well, but very much want to hold in my heart, in hope, […]

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Silence

I have remained silent over all that has transpired in the news over the past week.  And, I will continue to remain silent concerning my opinion on politics and American culture.  I will share that the hearings last week stirred up a lot of personal pain around experiences that I had thought were deeply and […]

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Thank You for Your Service

  A quick note to catch up on my disappearance over the past couple of months.  In May and June, I traveled extensively.  I am back home and have finally caught up at work and home.  I will return to my reflections on the Peace and Justice Memorial, but recently, I have been thinking about […]

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The Cost of Slavery

We believe that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others. (Belhar Confession)   I never thought […]

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#Black Lives Matter

I spent a morning at the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.  I am still processing everything that I experienced and felt during that day.  And, echoing in my mind were the words of Jesus from the Eastertide texts, screaming at me–Love One Another. I will continue to […]

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Love One Another

John 15:12 – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” I am struggling with John 15 this week.  As I ruminate on the text in preparation for preaching on Sunday, I’m struggling.  John seems to always provide me with a challenge, and in this case, the easy way […]

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