Book of Excuses

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart. Dan Schute, Here I am, Lord I love singing this hymn, and I’m always optimistic that I will go where God wants me, I will listen for God’s call, and I will be ready whenever I’m needed.  But will I? I used to (and sometimes still do) talk a lot about what…

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Jesus in the Garden

Expectation Versus Reality: the Passion Story

Sunday will be Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion. Growing up, Palm Sunday was one of my favorite Sundays of the year. I loved waving palms, I loved how the children in the story played such an important part, and I loved the celebration. Who can resist a parade? Especially one with all the bright promise of deliverance, peace and prosperity! Then, with the turn of the page, suddenly we are following Jesus through the dark passion of the Last Supper, his betrayal, crucifixion…

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Longing for Peace

I don’t know about you, but I find myself pretty tired lately. Now today my tiredness could certainly be related to my sleep pattern last night. My four year old was kind enough to accidently set my bedroom alarm to midnight. Now truth be told, I am not sure why we still have that particular clock in our bedroom. My daughters serve a fine alarm clock every morning and when I do wish to wake up earlier than them I use my watch.…

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