Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Story Not Quite Done

God says to Ezekiel, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them:  O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones:  I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place

When I was a child, I heard the grown-ups around me talk about people who didn’t know their place.  I think it was a way of exercising social control.  Children didn’t know their place when they talked back to grown … Continue reading

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Friday Five

The sisters (and brothers) at Rev Gal Blog Pals grapple with a different set of questions every Friday.  Here’s my take on today’s set of questions 1. What has encouraged you? Over the years, my family–especially my husband, good friends … Continue reading

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Mothering Love

Need I tell you, “Today is Mother’s Day”? A day fraught with complexity. For some this is a difficult day—one that reminds them of what they did not have or of what they have lost. For others this is a Holy Day of Obligation—the flowers, the cards, the Sunday brunch. Some preachers wrap the day in cliché. Others avoid it all together. After all, it’s Hallmark holiday, not a Holy Day in the church calendar.

And yet this is a day that offers us an opportunity to reflect on love—the kind of love that brings us to life, the kind of love we know in Christ, a mothering kind of love. Continue reading

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Hard Work

Years ago I heard a person far more experienced in the ways of faith than I say, “It’s simple really.” He was talking about a life of faith, a life in Christ. At the time I found myself thinking, “What? How can that be? That’s not been my experience.”

Today, as I hear those words, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” and couple them with the commandment to love one another, I find myself again thinking “It’s not that simple.”

That’s an impossibly high standard Jesus is setting. No one I know can reach that bar. We all fall short of the mark. And yet Jesus bids us follow him. Jesus commands us to love one another. Jesus invites us into that circle of friendship with God and one another. How do we, mere mortals that we are, live in love and friendship with one another and with the one who calls into life? Continue reading

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Rev Gal Blog Pals Friday Five

The folks at Rev Gal Blog Pals sent the following prompt today: Hi there~~ Happy Friday to all of you.  Today’s Friday Five has no theme, other than randomness. That’s o.k., right? So, just to get to know each other … Continue reading

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And both were changed

Two lives converged that day on the road to Gaza—two men encountered one another in the wilderness and the noon-day sun. One still reeling from the reception he received in Jerusalem (after all eunuchs—and that was he was—weren’t allowed to worship in the temple), the other flush with success from his recent mission to Samaria. One draped with the trappings of wealth and power riding in a chariot down a wilderness road, the other, propelled by the Holy Spirit, running to catch up with the man in the carriage. Two men separated by a wide gulf of class and race and, most likely, sexual identity. Two men drawn to one another by the Spirit and the word of God. Two men meeting at the margins of their lives. Two men changed by an encounter on a road through the wilderness. Continue reading

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