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Lemonaide IOU

Lemonaide IOU

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many? (John 6:9) Morgan Marsh McGlone is a special 8-year-old from Belleville Wisconsin. On Inauguration Day, she was highlighted for her efforts to help the homeless, unemployed, and hungry in her community. She raised over $53,000 […]

Airport Aha

Airport Aha

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of […]

Recovering from the Hangover

Recovering from the Hangover

But this I call to mind, and therefore, I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23) We have all been hearing the words, “Thank God 2020 is over!” I know that we have all […]

What Does the Lord Require of Us?

What Does the Lord Require of Us?

“…And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) While January 15 marks the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, it is on this day, January 18 that we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. An American Baptist minister and […]

Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:8-9) My thoughts today turned to Swedish diplomat, United Nations General Secretary, and Nobel Prize recipient, Dag Hammarskjold. On September 18, 1961, he was en-route to negotiate a cease-fire in the Congo […]

Defining God

Defining God

. . . for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as God is merciful. (Luke 6:36) When the world that sustains my life and dreams disappoints me, I reach back for words that shock my senses and wake me from my prejudice and complacency. It is easy to go along with […]

Repotted

Repotted

Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaved do not wither. In all they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3) When our daughter moved to Florida in […]

Whimsical Merrymaking

Whimsical Merrymaking

Sing aloud to God our strength, shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day. (Psalm 81: 1-2) As I have looked back over the past year, I am […]

Connecting Dots

Connecting Dots

You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known. (Isaiah 48:6) Every year, as the new year approaches, I take a couple of hours to reflect on the previous year. I get a cup of […]

Ringing Peace

Ringing Peace

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among people. (Luke 2:14) Christmas Day was a day of joy, confusion, and hurry in my childhood home in Connecticut. After the unwrapping of gifts and breakfast together, we piled in the car for Christmas Day worship, as was our Methodist custom. When worship ended […]

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