Monthly Archives: September 2019

Advice, well, especially for clergy … but for others as well Luke 16: 19-31

In the second scene — the one with the one percenter pleading with Abraham — not a really good choice for mercy, that, (but it does follow a lifetime of not-good choices when it comes to heaven). I would have … Continue reading

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Like an ambulance on hope street

Susie Webster-Toleno offered this prompt — Like an ambulance on hope street –and here is what came back for me: Like the old dog struggling to stand up and greet me, hips uncooperative, but tail thumping like a high school … Continue reading

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Guest post — Christine MacDowall from Australia

I rarely receive such lovely gifts as I received today from Christine MacDowall. A gift about how we receive gifts. Here is her poem. (Remember, ah, that it is spring in Australia)  Spring gifts, done and undone. Every now and … Continue reading

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The Animals Bless Us First

We blessed the animals today — Stuart MacGyver, snoring as loudly as a seasoned parishioner through the sermon, but willing to be petted by anyone, guinea pigs Coffee and Caramel, many in-cellphone-absentia cats, chickens, fish, birds, and more dogs, ones … Continue reading

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Prayer for Texas as the floodwaters recede

God, as the waters recede after the disappointing ravenly not-yets of this long, wet week, send a dove of peace for those who are grieving deaths from Tropical Storm Imelda, and a dove of the spirit that is holy because … Continue reading

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Guest post — Todd Jenkins

I am so grateful to Todd Jenkins for his allowing me to reprint from Tuesday’s Muse, this remarkable poem that calls the United States to reparations. Read his other works here. Original Sin And you shall hallow the fiftieth year … Continue reading

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Last week of summer, 2019

These are the signs of season — grandchildren visited across the country, caught in a photograph limbs tangled in play as wild as swamp grasses under the shadow of the flying geese, a first anniversary of a friend’s death, and … Continue reading

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