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Telling about the day

for Suzanne and her friend He’s in a compression vest. The ALS has taken so much away he needs the help. But he wants to tell her what had happened to make today a precious day. “A sparrow …” and … Continue reading

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Summer day in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Summer defines itself by today — sun shining but breeze that blows the July humidity away. I’ve come in from walking the dog from a wide palette of day lilies, columbine, morning glory, zinnia, coneflower, brown-eyed susans bright blue hydrangea, … Continue reading

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Predator Sighting

Last night our neighbor across the street came running to tell us that a coyote was heading our way, but my beagle already knew and was howling at the scent of danger in the wind. “Ignore it! Stay in the … Continue reading

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A Journey to Pride — Guest post Larry W. Trent

I am honored to be able to publish Larry Trent’s very personal and very challenging sermon, preached at Westwood Hills United Church of Christ in Los Angeles, CA, on Pride Sunday, June 28, 2020 where he serves as Minister to … Continue reading

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On the proper use of a mask

The proper use of a mask is to prevent respiratory droplets from entering the air, floating, staying, staying, staying and being breathed in or swallowed or resting on someone’s open eye. Then there is this: The proper use of the … Continue reading

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Prayer for Kumamoto and Kagoshima

God, we pray for rain-soaked Kyushu and especially for the terrible flooding in Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Comfort those who grieve those who have died and be with those caring for the many in cardiopulmonary arrest rescued from an elder care … Continue reading

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What do I see by the dawn’s early light? July 4, 2020

My neighbor’s sign, surrounded by little flags, says, “Black Lives Matter.” The parade planned few streets away organized by the folks who live on that block — decorated bicycles and a kazoo band — is advertised by door hanger fliers … Continue reading

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In the Marketplace, a poem for Matthew 11:16-19 by Barbara Messer (and a bonus)

In the marketplace we now have social distancing: we always had soul distancing. In the marketplace Jesus lamented unbridged distance of industrious self-absorption. In the marketplace music dribbles, no-one dances. Mourners crying find no sharing. In the marketplace John who … Continue reading

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Guest post — You tube interview with Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of the Republic of Georgia

Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of the Republic of Georgia offers an interview sharing the powerful witness of the Baptist Church in the Republic of Georgia including its stands on interfaith connections, gender equality, and welcome for all, regardless of gender identity … Continue reading

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The camels are the tipping point (Genesis 24)

Camels spit, bite, and are generally unpleasant. Because they go so long without drinking water, they can drink fifty-three gallons in three minutes. Eliezer told God, the definition of true hospitality would be to ask for himself a drink of … Continue reading

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