Change and Transition

Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 NRSV)This past year has been a year of immense transition for me, personally as well as professionally. It has been hard, to say the least. While I am aware that life is always changing and transition is a natural part of these changes, some are easier to take than others.At the end of last March, it became clear that it…

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A man cries. Young man in depression sitting on the floor holding hands. The guy hides his face with his hands. Headache. To hide the tears. fatigue, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, exhaustion

Turn to Lament

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains would tremble before you!As when fire sets twigs ablazeand causes water to boil,come down to make your name known to your enemiesand cause the nations to quake before you!For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.Isaiah 64: 1-3There were more shootings this week…more lives lost to the violence of white supremacy…more people killed over politics. There were more political promises,…

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A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. The Seattle-area long-term care facility became ground zero for the West Coast's coronavirus outbreak.

Jesus Accepts the Cross

Station Two - A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window. That perches in the soul - Emily Dickinson Holy Parent and Loving Protector, Heal us from the pain and trauma of separation from our loved ones. Make known the presence of your abiding love to our elders in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. By the power of your Spirit, free them from anxiety and console them with your grace. Strengthen their caregivers and encourage them when…

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Advent Hope

We journey through this Advent season with COVID cases being on the rise across the country. With the country and our state setting new case and death numbers almost every day and at an alarming rate. We journey through Advent in the midst of a global pandemic that has hopefully made us realize how interconnected we all are as a people and a planet. We journey through Advent, the season of waiting and watching, waiting for approval of a vaccine, watching how people…

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A Meditation on Joy

"Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning" (Psalm 30:4-5). I heard this story about a college student practicing the piano. They were trying to learn the song "Joy Cometh in the Morning." There was a complicated chord change right after "Weeping may endure for the night, but.…

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