Being a neighbor

This past year has taught us a lot about how to be in community with those around us in new and different ways. And at times it has shown us some examples of how complicated and difficult it can be to be in community with other people. A year ago when the world as we knew it changed around us due to the pandemic, my job at Shepherd of the Valley shifted a bit in its focus. Working as a youth director my…

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Be My Neighbor

Before I was old enough to attend kindergarten, I remember listening and watching the Mr. Rogers show on television. I was not allowed to watch Saturday cartoons or much else, but I did get to see Mr. Rogers regularly. Is the theme song still in your head as it is in mine?You can listen to it here: are some of the words,“I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, I’ve always wanted to live in the neighborhood with you! So,…

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Our Unfailing Refuge

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. Psalm 57:1“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7“Let me abide in your tent forever, Find refuge under the shelter of your wings.” Psalm 61:4 How easy it is for me to forget where my refuge and strength…

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I Doubt It

Every single Easter story in the Bible has fear and confusion and doubt. It seems as if it is impossible to have faith in the resurrected Jesus without also having doubts— and that … that’s okay. (see video)

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