Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Final Note In Waving Farewell to 2014

The tears haven’t dropped from my chin, but the tears have filled my eyes. I’m not really sure. But it has been anything but unnoticeable to me in recent weeks. They came on Sunday, when for the first time in … Continue reading

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Deep Peace…More Than A Song

One of the blessings of life…and in this case of ministry…is the gentle and loving manner of church members who share what’s important to them…and it becomes a gift to me. And more. It becomes part of me. One of … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Prayer

The Christmas Prayer Congregational Church On Mercer Island Christmas Eve, 2014 Our gracious and loving God. Thank you. Thank you that have given us the gift of life and the possibilities of love. Thank you for the ways in which … Continue reading

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Bullets fired; grace sung; life strengthened

My mind’s not a skittering water bug with a zip here and a zag there. And yet, it may be apt to describe this moment. It’s Christmas Eve, four hours before we light the first candle with our congregation. Spent … Continue reading

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The Scream That Brought Goodness and Life

A fishing experience is real—and yet a metaphor. Think it was called the Hohnholz Ranch—northern Colorado with a view of southern Wyoming. Think that makes sense geographically. One wonderful afternoon I cast a Royal Coachman…one of those dry flies even … Continue reading

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The Eve of Christmas Eve…an open hand and not a clenched fist

Not hard to imagine…not at all. The circumstances in and around the village of Bethlehem. Caesar had ordered the census. The couple, Mary and Joseph, about to birth a child. “No Vacancy” signs abound. Then. The stable. Then the shepherds. … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story… When the Wise Man Lost His Gift…for a while

I remember…a much earlier day before u-tube and video…when nothing was filmed or recorded for quality assurance. I remember. When we did our best to have the children play parts in the Christmas story. Probably what most remember is the … Continue reading

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