Love Is the Only Way

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These weeks in Tanzania and Kenya, my eyes and ears have been overwhelmed by many things: Children who walk miles to school without shoes. Children without access to clean water in their community. Children who grow up without parents. Leaders who take advantage of their people, ignoring the needs of their children. Knowing that God’s
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Holding One Another in the Light . . . and the Dark Too

Recently, I’ve found myself in circles of people where the word “prayer” is not often used in conversation. No one seems to talk much about actual talking to God or Jesus. They just promise to hold one another “in the light.” I’m not quite sure what it means other than sending good energy toward a
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While I’ve Been Gone

It has been almost five weeks since I’ve felt quite right and since I’ve posted any new content. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that this isn’t normal. But, here I am on a Saturday night to say “I’m back!” And I’ll tell you why I’ve been gone. And no, it
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Friendship with God

I grew up in the type of Christian community that would frequently say things like: “Work on your relationship with God above all else.” And, “If you let anything come between your relationship with Jesus, then your faith is off track.” For while the intention of such teaching was probably was something like, “Make your
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What Does It Mean to Wait?

Today I’m still thinking a lot about what it means to wait . . . My friend Sarah and I were catching up the other day on the phone. We’d hadn’t talked to each other in months so we quickly got down to the essence of what is going on in the ups and downs
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I Confess

I hear it from clergy all the time: it’s hard to worship when you are leading others. One of the joys of my Sabbatical time so far has been the opportunity to visit to other churches and consider again what church means to me as a participating worshipper. But learning how to be a worshipper
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Waiting with the Prophets

Advent 1: Jeremiah 33:14-16 I’m proud of you for being in church today for the season of busyness is upon us. No longer in the causal days of fall activities, and not yet to the Sunday before Christmas (where everyone seems to feel the call stronger to go to church).  Seemingly it feels like a
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Sorrow and Joy

Last weekend, I experienced a moment when I knew I’d seen a family walk through the fullness of “it was the worst of times and it was the best of times.” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it is that we move through life when really bad things happen and also the good too.
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Ten FriendshipThoughts for Tuesday

1. Best piece of advice  I ever got about becoming an adult was- “Make good friends and keep them.” I ran across this quote last week from Anne Lamott and posted it on Facebook. Seems to be appropriate to share here too: “It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some
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