I sat down with this book of prayers on a sleeting and windy afternoon. I had a lot on my mind, and turned to the Table of Contents. There was exactly the prayer I needed: Prayer for the Courage to Speak Out Against Misconduct. I was stunned and moved to tears. Who could have known?? As I … More Book Review: We Pray With Her
REIGN OF CHRIST SUNDAY November 25, 2018 A sermon for the people of God at Bethesda United Church of Christ, Bethesda, MD 2 Samuel 23:1-7 It’s good to be back here, and to give Pastor Dee a week off. I truly enjoy worshipping with you. You might not know that I’ve had opportunity to be … More The Reign of Christ: let the Light shine through
…I have a million questions on what I’ve written (is it too long? is it too esoteric? is this what God wants me to say?) …I realize I either have to do laundry or wear a barrel …I can only find one of the shoes I want to wear …I write my “panic list” (DON’T … More The night before I preach…
I am learning how badly I am following my own teaching on “self care.” I wrote recently about a bad fall that I had on our patio, which left me bruised and with a swollen and painful knee. While I did follow basic first aid practices (ice, rest, elevation, anti-inflammatories), I did not take any … More Self-care (A review for the stubborn one)
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. So says the writer of Proverbs, anyway. (16:18 if you’re playing along for points.) This evening just before things were completely dark outside, I heard our wind chimes singing mightily in the back yard. I rushed out the back door, grateful the rain had … More What cometh before a fall?
I asked my patient, “How are you, my friend?” As his tired hand rested in mine. We have a history of many visits, Many hours, Many thoughtful words… “I’m dying, you know,” he said softly, His voice rough with the years Of hard work and prayer. “But it’s Ok. It’s Ok.” We sat in a … More A heart to heart talk
It was a casual dinner with pizza and laughter, reflection and just plain fun. And I wrote a prayer about it over at RevGals… so go take a look! 🙂 (NOTE: There are many more faces that could also be in this photo. You know who you are… I’m all kinds of thankful for you!)