Out of the Ashes

Matthew 28: “He is not here he is risen!” The Resurrection is a weird concept, one that baffles my modern scientific mind.  Am I supposed to believe that Jesus died, was buried, and three days later bodily rose from the dead?  That sounds not only impossible but kind of  gross.  I do not want to […]

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Pray Without Ceasing

Luke 18:1 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”   I love hiking.  It allows me to feel – grounded and high – infinite and small – connected and isolated. On one hike – feeling tethered to God as sweat ran down my […]

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Just Be

Psalm 46:10  “Be still and know that I am God” Some times we feel  that we have become the Tasmanian Devil with never ending to-do lists.  We run from one thing to the next, from school and work.  We need to do the laundry, cook dinner, pay the bills.  We need to drive the kids to […]

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Healing Touch

John 13:5 “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”   I have a friend who lives in New York- a city of millions of people. Hundred of people within a single apartment complex. Hundreds of thousands of people commuting […]

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Gospel for All

  “You look like a slut” My older brother- Kyle- hissed at me It was Sunday morning and we were standing in fellowship hall Surrounded by the pure white Easter lilies Their fragrant smell taking over the normally musty room I became furious and eighth grade me snapped some equally vulgar reply He hadn’t really meant […]

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Holy Smells

Psalm 141:2 “May my prayer be set before you like incense” The smell of coffee in the morning reassuring me that this will be a good day. The smell of my mother as she hugs me tight reminding me how loved I am The smell of my Granny’s home, childhood memories of such joy. The […]

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light in the darkness

 Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Christmas is a time of light in the darkness, electric bills sky-rocket as the Griswold’s of our world coat their homes with festive lights, store windows hold magical displays, carols […]

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This Flawed Body

John 1:14 ” And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” “Well I guess you have a good nose,” Ashley told me flatly. I had just moved to another new school and I was desperate to belong. […]

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No Longer Mary Meek and Mild

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, My Spirit rejoices in God my Savior For he has looked with Favor on his lowly servant From this day all generations will call me blessed.”             Growing up in the UCC there was very little about Mary the mother of Christ,  she (or at least the […]

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