October 18, 2020 Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Just imagine: creation not yet defined; chaos (typically denoted by ‘waters’ in the Hebrew Bible) everywhere; the windContinue reading “Finding Goodness in the Midst of Chaos”
October 11, 2020 I don’t know about you, but sometimes, during my devotions – or when talking with folks – I find myself being held accountable by the Holy Spirit. I will read a devotional that catches me up short as I hear in my spirit the Holy Whisper – “Catharine, you might want toContinue reading “Yokes and Holy Whispers”
October 4, 2020 I use to find it sardonically amusing to think about some of the mixed messages we send our children: Don’t take candy from strangers! Yet, it’s okay to run up to a stranger’s house, say ‘trick or treat’ and get some candy! Don’t talk to strangers and absolutely don’t tell them anythingContinue reading “Mixed Messages and Our Children”
September 27, 2020 This past week, as I was sitting on my porch, the weirdest thought came to mind: why don’t birds hurt themselves when they’re flying in, out, and among the trees? I mean, really!?! Think about it. They’re flying so fast – but they never run into anything! They don’t crash into tree trunksContinue reading “The Focused Life Flight”
September 20, 2020 It has been a long several months for us ‘church-going folks.’ We missed Easter in our beautiful buildings. We missed confirmation celebrations, Vacation Bible School on the lawn, weddings, baptisms, baccalaureates, celebrations of lives lived among us that are now gone, potlucks, winter sheltering of the unhoused, fundraising opportunities for community needs. AllContinue reading “Where Church Is”
September 13, 2020 I have been feeling particularly grumpy over the past several days. The news has made me feel so angry, so powerless, so hopeless to do anything at all and I find myself mentally wanting to lash out – punch something – just give the world a piece of my oh, so wise mind!…..WhatContinue reading “The Lesson of E-meetings”
August 29, 2020 Since I have been helping one of my children move this week, I wasn’t sure I was going to blog, but with all that I have been hearing in the news and commentaries lately, it got me thinking. I began thinking about how much talk there is about God these days and whatContinue reading “Using God/Used by God”
August 23, 2020 I had a real ‘locust and wild honey’ blog for today – fire-filled electrons to share with anyone who wanted to read it – but then I thought – WHY? Why would I do that – there is enough fire and brimstone being spouted on the airwaves – and it is allContinue reading “We All Are in This Together – what does that even mean?”
August 16, 2020 These days I am finding myself with lots of time to observe; not just see things and move on, but to observe and actually reflect on what I see. Most recently, odd as it might seem, I spent time observing the life around my birdfeeder. In the past if I remembered to putContinue reading “The Birds, The Squirrel and The Hawk”
August 9, 2020 These days many of us are baking. Nothing beats the aroma of baking bread. Nothing beats the taste of bread still warm from the oven sliced and slathered with butter or jam. Nothing beats homemade bread! But bread isn’t all that easy to make, is it? How much kneading is enough? HowContinue reading “Yeast is Never Just Yeast”
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