March 7, 2021 Recently, I watched The Wizard of Oz for the millionth time and found myself totally relating to Dorothy Gale when she landed in Oz – we are definitely not in Kansas anymore! The last year has upended so many things – revealed many things about who we are as individuals, as a people,Continue reading “Lent: Holy Spirit and Glinda the Good”
February 28, 2021 I love the 1964 version of Mary Poppins (MP); you know, the one with Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke. Andrews is the perfect Mary Poppins – the mischievous twinkle in her eye belying the no nonsense veneer expected of a proper English nanny. As I re-watched the film recently, I was amazed at how easilyContinue reading “Lent: The Holy Spirit and Mary Poppins”
February 21, 2021 A couple of years ago, while I was visiting one of my children, we watched the Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” It was all about people living in chaotic conditions with absolutely no idea how to bring order to their lives. Folks had closets full of shoes and clothes, some ofContinue reading “Lent: The Holy Spirit and Marie Kondo”
February 14, 2021 Life, for the most part, is a constant pursuit of being ‘the favorite:’ Daddy’s little girl, Momma’s boy, teacher’s pet, best friends. There’s so little contentment in being loved and valued as ‘one of;’ only being ‘the favorite’ will do! Such favoritism results in bitter competition, hatred, and the death of relationships andContinue reading “The Consequence of Playing Favorites”
February 7, 2021 In his meditation, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life, Henri Nouwen offered a powerful thought: what seems a hindrance becomes a way; what seems an obstacle becomes a door; what seems a misfit becomes a cornerstone. Jesus changes our history from a random series of sad incidents and accidents intoContinue reading “When Obstacles Become Doors”
January 24, 2021 A couple of weeks ago – following the events of January 6, I blogged about the misuse of Jesus’ name teachings. Last week, I blogged that Jesus isn’t our personal tribal leader because Christ came for all the world. On January 20, President Biden called for a reclaiming of the soul of ourContinue reading “Reclaiming Truth”
This past week, as so often happens in life, my devotional readings dove-tailed with the events going on in the world. For the past several years, particularly in recent weeks, we have engaged in tribal language: our rights, our vaccine, our House, our voice, justice for us and on and on. Curiously, we is never about all of us. Our is never inclusive. Yours is always less important than mine. The consequence? Destructive tribalism. We all wantContinue reading “When Life Gets Tribal”
January 10, 2021 Epiphany: a sudden revelation or insight. Epiphanies are typically life changing and, as in the case of the magi who visited the Christ child, such revelations can change us and lead us ‘home by another way.’ (Matthew 2:12) I was thinking about ‘epiphanies’ a lot on this past Wednesday, January 6, theContinue reading “A Personal Epiphany”
January 3, 2021 Pondering – gathering all possible information before reacting; considering the circumstances, the needs, the consequences of options, and discerning where God is calling us to be in the midst of it all. Reactivity – acting from a place of limited information, ego-centricity, self-preservation, and total disregard for any needful discerning of God’sContinue reading “The Gifts of Christmas: Pondering”
December 20, 2020 It’s hard to believe that we are in the last week of Advent; equally hard to believe that we are celebrating without carols, candles, communion, and fellowship with our friends and families. I really miss doing all those ‘Christmas things’ we have always done. This year has been and continues to beContinue reading “God’s Gifts at Christmas: 4. A Vision of Church”
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