Month: September 2020

Back to School

Back to School

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NRSV)   Last Tuesday, my nieces and nephews (who all live in Houston, Texas) went back to school. Needless to say, it looked much different than any other back to school has before. My brother’s three children each had […]

A Blank Slate

A Blank Slate

I love the possibilities that lie in a blank sheet of paper. I have always been a writer. I suppose it began with the gift of a pink diary with a lock on it that I managed to hide from my nosy sister. Sitting alone in the branch of a tree, it became my way […]

Growing in Gratituide

Growing in Gratituide

These simple verses from Psalm 136 are a reminder of all of the verses in the Bible which call upon us to give thanks to God. God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. In the spring, Deb introduced me to the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg […]

What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner?

O taste and see that the LORD is good!  (Psalm 34:8) I never really thought that going the distance in this era of COVID would mean watching more TV. Last year, our daughter Sarah gave us the gift of co-membership on her Netflix account. I am convinced that we use it much more than she does. […]

Family Friday: Keep The Bible Off The Shelf

Family Friday: Keep The Bible Off The Shelf

My family of origin has given me the unofficial role of being the family historian. Upon the deaths of my paternal grandmother and then my mother, I received boxes and trunks filled with unsorted ancestral treasures. While this wholeheartedly satisfied my personal interest, curiosity and need for order, the endless decisions about what to keep […]

Communion

Communion

“When [Jesus] was at the table with them, [Jesus] took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.” Luke 24:30 (NRSV) Over the holiday this past weekend, I watched one of my all-time favorite films, “The Help.” While a movie recounting deep racial tensions during the times that we are living through can […]

Sabbath

Sabbath

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8, NRSV) As we arrive on the precipice of Labor Day weekend, I am thinking about labor. Oregon was the first state to observe Labor Day and it became a Federal holiday in 1894. It’s also commonly recognized as the “unofficial end of summer” and a […]

The Leap of Letting Go

The Leap of Letting Go

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or […]

Jesus Gets It!

Jesus Gets It!

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. (John 1:14, NRSV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has […]

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