Monthly Archives: October 2020

Blueberry bushes turn red in the autumn

(a gentle rebuttal: Ecclesiastes 12:1-7; Psalm 139:14) I am fearfully and wonderfullymaking myself –I put orthotics in my shoes,a spacer between two of my toesthat are too affectionate,a night guard in my mouthto save the enamel on my teethfrom nighttime … Continue reading

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Pie and Zoom

We meet friends on Zoom,or Facetime or Skype, (something we decidednot to complain about,because too many conversationsare prefaced by digital whining) and this time,instead of a meeting agendafor justice action or worship planning,or a very useful webinar,or even a concert, … Continue reading

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Guest Post from Aotearoa New Zealand — Heather Kelly

Heather Kelly took the short flight from her home in Invercargill to Rakirua (Stewart Island) in a plane that seats eight including the pilot to be the weekend preacher. Her three poems take us there as well. It Is the … Continue reading

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Two holidays along the border

I send my regards for Canadian Thanksgiving.I give thanks this year, in no particular  order,for the affirmation of women in the arts,poutine, Murdoch Mysteries,and Reconciliation efforts with First Nation peoples,not always successful,but at least tryingand admitting many failures,which is a … Continue reading

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Psalm 133 for Coming Out Day

How very hopeful and life-giving it iswhen coming out is experienced in community!The sweet and precious knowing on the insidepoured out and running over –maybe with wonder and newness,maybe with the letting goof so many, long-held defenses,maybe risking dangeror loss … Continue reading

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The Wedding Banquet — Guest Post from Barbara Messner, interpreted in Australia

(wherever we live we can experience Matthew 22:1-14 as a call for listening and reconciliation and change in the relationships between indigenous peoples and those descended from colonizers) Can I open my ears now to hearthe good news in this … Continue reading

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An inquiry about play at the assisted living facility

(when trying to relax into this strange time, I re-read a journal entry about some folks I have not been able to visit for many months now and their wisdom reminds me to play in any way I can in … Continue reading

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A Living Psalm for Indigenous People’s Day and Canadian Thanksgiving — Guest Post

One of my joys in life right now is to be the curator of the Living Psalms project on the WorshipWays site for the United Church of Christ. Week after week I rejoice to have writers share re-experiencing of the … Continue reading

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Prayer for World Teachers’ Day

God, we give thanks for teachers –the ones who changed each of our lives,and the ones who are changing lives nowfor people older or younger. For gifts of training freely given,and gifts of imaginationin constant new constellation,for hours of planning … Continue reading

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Doggerel

I balk at the Block – new WordPress protocolturns my verse into rock – (I could mortar a wall) But no Sisyphus, I, to push up and put off.I’ll adapt with a sigh, though my Luddite may scoff. So these … Continue reading

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