Sunday evening I texted my son in college:

“Today was my last Sunday at work – wept all the way through communion.”

His response:  “It’s good to cry, right?  It means you care about them.”

“Yes, O Wise One,” I texted back.


Since written media doesn’t capture intonat...

Growing up my family didn’t have any traditions around Santa Claus; so, I never “believed” in him.  All I remember of Santa Claus is that a friend told me in high school that I had been the one many years prior

to disabuse her of the notion that Santa was real.  Being a...

November 25, 2015



i thank You God for most this amazing day

       by e.e.cummings


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is y...

November 18, 2015


Five years ago I went to Spain after listening to a program on Cordoba – the city where for a time Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived in peace.  I wanted to go and see this place, learn its history, be reminded of the possibility for peoples to live peaceably togethe...

November 11, 2015


There are 66 books in the Bible.  Between our two weekly Bible studies we have read 27 of them in three years, including Isaiah (probably to everyone’s dismay because it is a very long book).


One of the rediscoveries for me has been how Scripture always corrects itsel...

At our stewardship luncheon, one person mentioned how she thought Jesus was unfair to the rich man when he told him to “Go and sell all that you have, give the money to the poor, and come follow me.” Mark 10:17-31 “Are we supposed to do that?” she asked.


I think what’s...


One of the readings for this Sunday is Jesus’ raising of Lazarus.  There is so much that is powerful in this story, but one of the images I am grateful for is that of Jesus weeping.  Think about it – Jesus knows he has the power to raise Lazarus back to life and yet,...


Hubert Humphrey, while hospitalized for the bladder cancer that ultimately claimed his life, reported in 1978 that for him it was “a spiritual experience” to receive word that congregations in churches and synagogues all over the world were praying for him: “I want to...

God’s gift of water is becoming an endangered resource or as Larry Rasmussen calls it in his beautiful and informative book Earth-Honoring Faith, the “chief uncertain resource.” This gift of life necessary for survival has become for some an investment. People buy up a...

September 2, 2015


People respond to grief in all sorts of healthy and unhealthy ways. The latter, I think, happens when we are afraid of grief’s pain and so we do everything we can to avoid it.  We try to escape emotional/spiritual pain by burying or drowning it while simultaneously...

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