Month: November 2020

Wilted Lettuce

Wilted Lettuce

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed are those who trust in God!(Psalm 34:8) As the days grow shorter and the pandemic continues longer, I find myself thinking about the times, people, and places that brought me immense joy. Their portraits are a little dusty in the hallways of my mind but […]

Unconditional Gratitude

Unconditional Gratitude

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and sing praises to Your name, O Most High. (Psalm 92:1) As you are reading this, it is the day after Thanksgiving. It is the day after we pause from the daily grind to share in food, family, and gratitude. This holiday season does not just […]

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NRSV) A survey released earlier this week stated that 61% of families changed their Thanksgiving plans due to COVID-19 spikes. My family is one of them. The night before my parents […]

Extra Grace Required

Extra Grace Required

“Do not judge so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Extra Grace Required. Maybe you’re struggling with a family member who criticizes you unfairly or expects too much of you… or a friend who […]

My Church Family

My Church Family

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, NRSV) The Thanksgiving holiday is two days from now. My celebration—and perhaps yours, too—will be very different […]

Finding Rest For Your Soul

Finding Rest For Your Soul

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16) While living up north, away from our Naples home, my mind often travels to our beautiful labyrinth at Naples UCC. It’s circular pattern rests […]

You Are Wonderfully Made

You Are Wonderfully Made

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14) Like many families, we have lots of family photos. They are stored in scrapbooks, boxes, on my computer and on my phone. A lucky few are displayed in frames. Every […]

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Jesus said to [Martha], ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ (John 11:25-26a, NRSV) I mentioned in a previous Going the Distance that I do not watch a lot of television. At least […]

Setting a Prisoner Free

Setting a Prisoner Free

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37) Bury the hatchet. Let bygones be bygones. Kiss and make up. I have come to realize that we have so many ways of describing […]

Signs

Signs

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31, NRSV) A car […]

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