Life in the Rearview Mirror

How much time do we spend looking in the rearview mirror of our lives, convinced that the sunny days behind us were the best ever? When the world around us is dark and stormy we look back wistfully at how things ‘used to be’. Remember when church on Sunday morning was just the thing to do? Remember when the stores were closed on Sundays and life was simpler? Remember when we could just leave the house and go wherever we wanted and greet…

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The Kingdom of God

Mark 4:26-29 NRSV26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”The earth produces of…

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Clothed in Christ

“What are you wearing right now?” That was the first line of a story I heard on the radio last week in an interview with a fashion editor of a major newspaper in our country. With many people now working from home as they shelter in place during this pandemic, a lot of folks are staying in their pajamas all day long. Yet maybe that’s not always the best thing, was the gist of the story. The first week staying at home it was…

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No Separation

Romans 8:3-3931 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of…

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How Does God Show Up?

Sometimes, when you’re isolated or fearful, it’s hard to feel connected to anything. During these times of COVID-19, many of us feel that way. We’re cut off from familiar places and people. To the extent that we derive comfort from church-based faith, we’re also cut off from the buildings and communities in which we usually experience it. This can easily lead to a feeling of being cut off from God. Churches have not always prepared us to cope with these feelings. Often they…

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Sunset and a New Day

Psalm 1:1-619 1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies,    God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.Madame Day holds classes every morning,    Professor Night lectures each evening.3-4 Their words aren’t heard,    their voices aren’t recorded,But their silence fills the earth:    unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.4-5 God makes a huge dome    for the sun—a superdome!The morning sun’s a new husband    leaping from his honeymoon bed,The daybreaking sun an athlete    racing to the tape.6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies    from sunrise to sunset,Melting ice, scorching deserts,    warming hearts to faith.The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018…

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Marking Time

“How might our experience of time change if we could learn to receive time as a gift from God? How might this open us up to live more fully?”  Dorothy Bass, Receiving the DayOne of my favorite TV shows is When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel.  It is about a schoolteacher Elizabeth  Thornton in the small town of Hope Valley in the early 1900s.  Elizabeth rings the bell to start and end the school day.  She also rings the bell to signal the end of recess…

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Waiting for Morning

Psalm 130 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2   Lord, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentive   to the voice of my supplications!  3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,   Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you,   so that you may be revered.  5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,   and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord   more than those who watch for the morning,   more than those who watch for the morning.  7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,   and with…

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Gratitude

Be Still... Give yourself a minute or more to quiet down and be in the presence of God.Breathe deeply and feel the peace that comes upon you. Read...Paul and Timothy, writing to the Philippian Christians, say this: Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 Good News TranslationThese are worrisome…

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