Running the Race

Hebrew 12:1-3 In 1967 Kathrine Switzer followed her dream and her passion to run in the famous Boston Marathon. She registered for the race. She was given a number. 261. It was, at that moment, just a number. And she began the race. Race official Jock Semple became aware that a woman was running the... Continue Reading →

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Trust

Psalm 20 We were watching television and one of the characters performed a "trust fall" but wasn't caught. Confused, I asked my parents why that crazy woman just fell backwards like that. In her explanation, Mom and Dad demonstrated a "trust fall", but when it was my turn to fall backwards, I had a hard... Continue Reading →

Tattletales

John 11:45-57 As a little girl in Sunday School, this particular story always rubbed me the wrong way because the gospel writer went out of the way to state that some of those who watched the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead ran to the Pharisees and tattled. Children learn early that tattling... Continue Reading →

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Tuesday evening, my heart broke twice. First, it broke when I received the news that Pat, a beloved parishioner, had passed away.  Pat was a wonderful woman who will leave behind a legacy of riotous laughter and chaotic family gatherings. I've only known her for the past two years, and she's been battling one health... Continue Reading →

Ya Gotta Get Out of the Boat

In the fourth chapter of Matthew  we are introduced to the first four disciples.  Simon (also known as Peter) and his brother Andrew are in their boat fishing when Jesus approaches them.  Likewise, James and John are in their boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets after a long day of fishing. We hear very... Continue Reading →

Counting my Beads

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job. No! Israel’s protector never sleeps or rests! The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade right beside you. The... Continue Reading →

You Can’t Love Others From Inside A Box

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. ~Acts 2:42-44 As I ate my dinner in a hurry today, with a 6:00... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Joy

This evening, after a visit to the veteran's hospital, I stopped at Starbucks, ordered a venti iced tea, and sat on the patio to read through some commentaries in preparation for this weekend's message. Today was one of those perfect spring days that you wish would go on and on without end.  The sky was... Continue Reading →

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