Summer's End

Summer's End by Judith Viorst One by one the petals drop There’s nothing that can make them stop. You cannot beg a rose to stay. Why does it have to be that way? The butterflies I used to chase Have gone off to some other place. I don't know where. I only know I wish they didn't have to go. And all the shiny afternoons So full of birds and big balloons And ice cream melting in the sun are done. I do not want them done. School has started in Ohio and Florida and in some private schools in Delaware. Others are preparing to start next week, but my son in Philly has until September 8th. When I joked this morning that it’s a good thing because he has yet to begin his summer homework; my

Simul justus et peccator

I visited someone in the hospital yesterday who had another visitor bearing several tattoos. I saw that the one tattoo on his forearm spelled something so I asked him what it said. He showed me that one way it reads, “Saint;” turn it upside down and it reads, “Sinner.” “That’s great! So true.” I exclaimed. “That’s what Lutheran Christians believe: we are simultaneously saint and sinner. Can I take a photo?” I didn’t ask if he were a church goer though often I find those outside the church understand more than those of us inside that that is the nature of things – we are both saint and sinner. We don’t grow out of one into the other; we don’t leave the one behind. Some branches of Christi

Be Astonished

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. -Mary Oliver- This is a quote from one of Mary Oliver’s poems that I have as part of my email signature. Someone asked me what I was astonished by yesterday and unfortunately; the first thing that came to mind was a negative experience. On my way down to Wilmington from Philadelphia, a guy (an assumption because the windows were tinted) in a pick-up truck drove alongside of me most of the way on I-95. He would zoom around to the right to get around a car in the middle lane and then get back in the middle lane to be alongside of me. He could have gone in front of me, but he kept staying next to me. It felt like

Wall of Prayer

There are all sorts of walls. There is the one Israel has built to separate off Palestine. There is the other one in Israel called the Wailing Wall where Jews gather for prayer. There is the Great Wall of China. There are the walls built along highways to block noise. There are dividing walls of hostility as Ephesians speaks of them – not physical walls but emotional, spiritual ones. There are walls to keep out and walls to enclose. This photographed wall is outside a pilgrimage site in Izmir, Turkey where my son, Kai and I were last summer. The site is purported to be the house where Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out the end of her life. The wall, as you can see, is covered with the p

St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve


1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806


As a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, we believe that the gospel is God's gift to all people, shared unconditionally and without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or family status, age, physical or mental abilities, outward appearance, or religious affiliation. We seek to live the truth written in Ephesians that Christ breaks down the dividing walls between us and makes us one.


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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

1301 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806



We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Delaware-Maryland Synod.



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