Author: Dawson Taylor

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 […]

Stand By Me

Stand By Me

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2, NRSV) My brain knows that the hurricane season ends on November 30. But I always assume […]

Revolutionary Patience

Revolutionary Patience

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8, NRSV) I awoke yesterday morning and there was no president-elect, although both candidates were predicting victory. Collier County ranked 16th in Florida for new COVID-19 infections. And to add to the fun, Tropical Storm Eta appeared to […]

Alternate Route

Alternate Route

So [the prodigal child] set off and went to [their parent]. But while they were still far off, [their parent] saw [them] and was filled with compassion; [they] ran and put [their] arms around [them] and kissed [them]. (Luke 15:20b, NRSV) If you drive north on U.S. 41 going from downtown and look east, you […]

Well done!

Well done!

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, NRSV) This Sunday, as we always do, we will worship God. But we are adding a special element to worship. We will also thank The Reverend Doctor David Kaiser-Cross. We will be thanking him […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39, NRSV) Well, it is the active part of Atlantic hurricane season! As I write this, there are lots of models and spaghetti strings in the Gulf of Mexico attempting […]

Barking at the Rain

Barking at the Rain

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9, NRSV) Ironically, as I write this, I am watching it pour rain outside. But I hearken back to another recent Southwest Florida summer shower. Actually, it was a day-long deluge. I […]

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