Watch With Me

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findest them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Matthew 26:40, KJV Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Simone Weill, twentieth century philosopher In his dark hour before being arrested and condemned, Jesus wanted his companions to stay awake and be with him, but they could not. The English words watch and wake are related, which makes perfect sense. If you’re going to watch something, you’d…

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Foot Washing in a Year Like None Other

Foot washing is one of the go to images of diaconal ministry, the image of being servant. Following Jesus example from his last supper with the disciples, kneeling to take the humble position of service. Foot washing is something we are not always the most comfortable with. Bearing our feet for washing is a vulnerable act. In a normal year not everyone likes to show off their feet, let alone have them touched and washed by another person. This past year where we…

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. Psalm 139: 1-2, 13-14 NRSV As I was pondering the words of this psalm, I ran across a meditation that…

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Soul Friends

I have been pondering all the kinds of relationships that we are part of and need. We are relational by nature, even those of us who are more introverted. I need relationships with communities of people who have similar interests or background and stories. I need people to confide in and people who will hold me accountable to growth.

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