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Courage on a Stick Horse

There I was, minding my own business.  I had my nose in a book (surprise! surprise!) I had my usual seat at Starbucks--camped out at my favorite table with access to an electrical outlet for my battery-challenged computer... and he walked in. He got all of our attention.  The place practically stopped in its tracks.  The guy... Continue Reading →

God is an Elephant

I love Stephen Colbert.  But I haven't had time to watch him lately because:  Holy Week. Fortunately, someone else did watch the Colbert Report and caught a priceless gem.  The clip went viral and the day after Easter, when I finally got caught up on my nap and leisurely strolls with the dog, I spied it... Continue Reading →

Companionship… Better Than A Drug

It's funny how God just keeps throwing the same themes at us.  This week, the theme God has continually thrust me into the midst of has been the lives of the elderly. As a minister, I spend a lot of time with the elderly, anyway.  It's no secret that overall, church populations are aging.  So,... Continue Reading →

Step by Step

Today I sat in a physical therapy room at a nursing home and watched as an elderly member of one of my congregations went through the tedious task of learning to walk again after suffering broken hip in a nasty fall a few months ago. I cheered her on, right along side the physical therapy... Continue Reading →

A Prayer for the Childless Mother

For the childless mother, I pray-- For the women who bounce babies That are not their own. For the women who wipe little noses And kiss scraped knees-- Who love and nurture and soothe, Who educate and instigate And encourage and embrace The children she could never have. For the childless mother, I pray-- For... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Young People

Today, I was meeting with some of my fellow women clergy at Fairmont State University when we were interrupted with the distressing news that police were on the lookout for a young man they considered to be armed and dangerous.  Within a few moments, the news was exasperated by announcement that the students should evacuate... Continue Reading →

Ascension Day Prayer

This is the day, dear Lord, when you were lifted away from us.  This is the day when our eyes turn toward the heavens, searching for some trace of you, gazing at the sun and the stars and the clouds, wondering when you will return.  But don't let me gaze to long at things not... Continue Reading →

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