Category Archives: Inspiration

Reaching out

The comic strip Pearls Before Swine, by Stephen Pastis, once featured Rat saying to his friend the goat, “I have not gone to church in a long time.”  The goat responds, “Oh, yeah? Why is that?” and Rat replies, “I’m … Continue reading

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Words to Live By

In 2018, this weekly blog will enter its tenth year. The past decade has seen changes, upheavals, turmoil, and tragedies, as well as celebrations and blessings too numerous to count, both personally and worldwide. However, there has been one constant. … Continue reading

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Advent: a Time of Coming and Becoming

In most Christian churches, the four weeks leading up to Christmas are observed as the season of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Believers use these weeks to review the events leading up to Christ’s … Continue reading

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The Struggle to Save Christmas

    It’s that time of year, again, when many of us gird our loins to do battle with the dark forces of carefully secular “Happy Holiday” greetings and decorated “holiday” trees. We are preparing for the struggle to hold … Continue reading

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Good for Nothing

[Originally Posted on November 20, 2011] The cartoons I watched as a little girl sometimes illustrated the struggle with temptation by using a tiny angel or devil sitting on the character’s shoulder urging him on to goodness or mischief. As … Continue reading

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Give thanks? Really?

Even though we are being rushed from Halloween straight to Christmas every year, we still cannot overlook the fact that next Thursday is Thanksgiving. We have the supermarket ads to remind us, if nothing else.  But this holiday is not … Continue reading

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What’s so funny?

You know how, when you read or see something that makes you laugh, you want to share it? Or when hearing someone laughing, you want to know what’s funny? It is human nature to want to share laughter. Laughing together … Continue reading

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TMI: What to do with all the awful

Fires, floods, massacres, and tragedy have abounded in recent months. Like many of you, I find the constant onslaught of bad news overwhelming. How should I respond? How can I help? It’s tempting to crawl into bed and pull the … Continue reading

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Ordained to serve

I had the privilege last week of celebrating the ordination of my daughter-in-law. It was a joyous occasion as her home church congregation and fellow clergy honored and confirmed her call to the ministry. During the ceremony, my daughter-in-law accepted … Continue reading

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FEAR not, fear NOT, FEAR NOT!

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 NIV The two words the New Testament … Continue reading

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