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A letter to us today

1 John 3:16-17 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees … Continue reading

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What we need today

I found myself writing a birthday wishfor a new friend,and realized how very muchI want to say this – We need some light, joy, hopeand a little frivolity in this tough week.And here’s your birthday –a gift you give usin … Continue reading

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Your Sanctuary Misses You (A letter)

I miss you a lot – I miss the organvibrating under my floor,an anthem that tickles the ceiling.I miss being splashed with baptism,the grit of rice,the weight of the casketwhen you let a loved one go. I miss the smell … Continue reading

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Words for the Week of Hope in the United States

Sometimes we light a candle,(it can be blue or purple, red,this year simply an electric tea light)and, after a service or a meal,extinguish it –due diligence, Sunday of Hope. But hope is a whole week –a new administration is being … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 2020

I am thinking about Martin Rinkartwho wrote the hymn,‘Now Thank We All our God,’while trying to be a pastorduring the thirty years warand a plaguewhen he prayed the funeral servicefor  forty to fifty people a day –refugees, bodies piling upfrom … Continue reading

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Prayer for Utah

God, who writes each of our nameson the palm of your hand,we pray for Utah,and the decision to activatecrisis standard of care. We pray for those whose healthis not improvingand may be taken from intensive care,and for those who are … 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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Prayer for all with COVID 19

God, this is my two-hundred-twenty-eighth daily prayer for those with COVID-19 and today it includes Donald and Melania Trump, as well as people from the Greek Orthodox church, York County Jail, University of Iowa, India, Brazil, and the parents of … Continue reading

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On the occasion of one million deaths from COVID-19

“I am sorry for your loss” These are the words that are never enough and do not pretend to understand – a verbal fingertip of tenderness today offered to the world. World, we are sorry for your loss of a … Continue reading

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September 15, 2020, United States – 200,197

Two hundred thousand, one hundred and ninety-seven deaths in this country from this illness this year, and I am thinking of heaven not as a house with many rooms, (or mansions, depending on the bible-reader’s age), or a city with … Continue reading

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