On this day of most unexpected experiences, I got a somewhat cryptic message from someone unknown to me at a sister church. They had sponsored two young men associated with “sunpedal.” These men were going to be coming through our town tonight and she said if I wanted to meet them she could give them … Continue reading “Ministry”
This Sunday I will be preaching on priorities, based on the story of the “rich young ruler.” He seeks Jesus out to find what else he could be doing in his quest for “eternal life,”beyond the commandments he has already been living out. Jesus really throws him a curve: sell all you have and give … Continue reading “Possessions, Priorities, Proportion”
I don’t recall what triggered my thinking about shadows recently. Perhaps it was the memory of a year ago when we were in Maryland helping care for our grandsons. I clearly remember sometimes when we were swinging at the playground when the sun was just right, we would see our shadows. Our five year-old grandson … Continue reading “Shadows”
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.— Henri Nouwen IN APRIL 1998, TERRY GAVE A KIDNEY TO HIS SISTER CONNIE, … Continue reading “Friendship”
“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” — Nate Berkus This week Terry and I impulsively headed out of town to a favorite restaurant only to learn the establishment was not open that day. So … Continue reading “Discoveries”
“Discombobulate, meaning “to confuse, frustrate,” sounds like something straight out of a cartoon. It was first recorded in the form discomboberate in the early 1800s, and apparently originated as a humorous imitation of hifalutin-sounding Latin words.”—vocabulary.com In the midst of getting belongings settled in our new apartment and also getting my office organized and beginning my … Continue reading “Discombobulation”
Our drive from Tennessee to relocate in Montana was mostly uneventful, at least until we reached western Wyoming. In the middle of nowhere we witnessed a trucker lose control of his 18 wheeler. He careened off the road, his tires plowing through the ground. Clouds of dust billowed around the truck, obstructing our view. We … Continue reading “Standing In The Gap”
Even things that go on for a long time take a break once in awhile: one kind of break is a hiatus. If someone has to leave her job for a time, she’s going on hiatus. A touring band will need to take a hiatus if the lead singer gets in an accident. The key … Continue reading “Hiatus”
Today I am putting in a plug for the app “Insight Timer.” I am not sure when this was established. I discovered it about five years ago when I attended a session that was offered at the local Center for Mindful Living. There are multiple online meditation sites. What distinguishes Insight Timer is that it … Continue reading “Insight Timer”
I heard a wonderful true story this week of a pastor visiting his rabbi friend. The rabbi asked how he was doing. The pastor described how they had sent out the pipes to the organ for cleaning, an extremely expensive task. They had paid a fellow the down payment for the work, many thousands of … Continue reading “Crises”
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