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Guest Post from Barbara Messner “Entrusted to Make the Best of What We’re Given”

Barbara Messner of South Australia speaks to Matthew 25 – the story often called “The Parable of the Talents There are talents we’ve been given here at hand –ingenuity, resources, power enough –to turn back the ticking clocks of climate … 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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Guest post — poems from Barbara Messner,

Barbara Messner, Associate Priest in the Parish of Stirling, South Australia, writes this of her poem for this week … “St. Michael and All Angels is the patronal festival for Bridgewater, hence this week’s poem: it helped me explore something … Continue reading

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Blessed Among Women — Guest Post from Barbara Messner

Barbara Messner offers this poem from her Anglican church in Stirling, South Australia, where they will be celebrating Mary Mother of our Lord this Sunday. Perhaps a good devotion for any of us, any of the time.  Blessed Among Women … 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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More Value than Many Sparrows? Matthew 10:29-31 — Guest post Stirling, South Australia

But why would God count humans of more value than one expiring two a penny sparrow? It’s we who price resources of our earth convinced that human profit has more worth than all the fragile beauties freely given and meant … Continue reading

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Trinity and me — Guest post from Barbara Messner of South Australia

  This is the gift of Barbara Messner, Associate Priest in the Anglican Parish of Stirling in South Australia, who has just started following this blog and sent this poem. I didn’t know what an Australian magpie looks like so … Continue reading

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Reflection on the impact of the Australian wildfires on the land by Rev. Carol Hallman

Carol Hallman shared this poem with her congregation and with us as well. Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra, How gay your life must be! My heart … Continue reading

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An Update from Australia by Christine MacDowell and a Prayer for the Animals there

Christine MacDowell sent this note as a “comment” on the blog but I think that it is important enough to be a post so that everyone can read it. Many thanks to her and ongoing prayers for the situation. Maren, … Continue reading

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Elijah’s prayer for January 8, 2020

God, today I pray Elijah’s prayer. I affirm that you are not in the fire — not in Australia, not in a city apartment, but you are with those who flee and those who rescue. You are not in the … Continue reading

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