Of Sins and Penalties

1 Chronicles 21:1-17 and 1 John 2:1-6 Three children stood before their mother, a broken bead necklace dangling from her hand. The necklace wasn't expensive by any means, but it represented an immeasurable wealth of sentimental value. The two little girls were infatuated with the bead jewelry their mother had purchased as a teenager from... Continue Reading →

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Pointing Fingers Misses the Point

Several conversations lately have left me staggering to make sense out of how we assign blame to people who are suffering. The first came as we were discussing the plight of minimum wage workers and the current debate about raising the federal minimum wage.  In the midst of the conversation the subject of the woman... Continue Reading →

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 →

Heading to Jerusalem…

Well.  Here we are, again!  At the start of another Lenten season. It's Ash Wednesday, and for the past few days, I've been wondering what I would do during this season. Traditionally, Christians are asked to fast during the 40 days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  It is one of the... Continue Reading →

When Did We See You In Prison?

The question was posed nonchalantly, but suddenly a vision (actually, a memory) hit me hard and took my breath away.  I saw "Joe's" face, sad and glum, tired and weary looking at us from behind a plexiglass window.  Three of us huddled around a telephone.  Joe picked up his phone on the other side of... 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 →

Prayer For A New Week

Dear Lord, It is so easy to see you in the beauty of new life:  the laugh of a baby, the perfection of a flower in bloom, the sun reflecting on the smooth surface of a calm lake... But I want to see you in the faces of the people you came to save:  the... Continue Reading →

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