Monthly Archives: May 2014

Friendship—A Gift Beyond Precious

It never happened before. Pushing incredulous. When I arrived at the church as their new pastor, two months after their Stewardship Campaign to raise money for next year’s budget, he said this, “I am not feeling good about being chairman … Continue reading

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Hanna–May You Rest In Peace

I am no authority on death and dying. However, various experiences have brought me some beliefs, perhaps not all of which are verifiable. The reason I’m writing this today is because Hanna Parce, such a gracious and affirming soul, died … Continue reading

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The Caged Bird Will Always Sing

Appreciation abounds for the life and witness of Maya Angelou. Perhaps the most helpful concept, always to value the “now,” is this, somewhat paraphrased: “Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift—which is why it’s called the present.” … Continue reading

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A Fishing Adventure Featuring Empty Nets

Not sure of the impression many or most [some?] of you have about my love for fishing. And yes, most of my fishing experiences end without empty nets…or I mute the narrative. However, a couple days ago had an experience … Continue reading

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Flowers in the Desert

Too many times…beyond counting…when something’s said in goodness and value and gratitude about someone, it’s only in an obituary or a funeral notice. This is neither. I want to tell you about a very special friend. I didn’t know him … Continue reading

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When Death Knocks At The Door

No one wants to think about death, the inevitable reality for each of us. Have shared my mother’s mantra, ‘die young…as late as possible.’ Diane sent me—what a fabulous research director for blogs!—the following video. It pushed me through the … Continue reading

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Voices From Mothers–a Trilogy of Great Thought and Experience

A trilogy of voices from mothers…shared yesterday in worship: To be a mother is to be grasped by a Big Love unimagined [even unimaginable] before experiencing pregnancy and giving birth. To be a mother is to engage in a tender … Continue reading

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