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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BE KIND

Be Kind As I was walking through the local Botanical Garden, I ran across a stone shouting out “BE KIND.”  I looked around to see if there were other painted rocks that I had missed, but this was the only one.  Placed near a fork in the trail in a barren piece of ground, the […]

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The House of the Lord

We are planning to have “company” this weekend, which is an archaic way of saying that we’ve invited some friends over for dinner. What it really means is that we need to straighten up around this house, and hide the clutter, and clean the floors, and pick up the dog toys. We also need to […]

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Loneliness

  When you aren’t serving in a church, Holy Days and most Christian seasons can get weird. When I was working in a chapel my rhythm revolved around the seasons of the year. And, the joy of Easter after Lent and Holy Week was extraordinary. But, this year, even though I attended services on Maundy […]

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