What Is It? (Look, Gather, and Be Filled)

A sermon for Messiah Village’s annual Thanksgiving Service, based on I Thessalonians 5:18 and Exodus 16:9-21, 31. In this passage, God responds to the Israelite’s complaints by telling them to “draw near.”  Then, God provides for their...

God & Grace in the Garden & Coop

“Hen Party” I try to make it a habit to walk around our yard most days after work.  I circle the house, then head down to the garden where yellow and red Zinnias occupy one row and red-and-white striped ones form another. The heads of the...

This. Here. Now. (Again)

Last week, after a fifteen-plus year hiatus from the sport, I went running with my daughter.  We laced up our running shoes and set off, down the wet, grassy slope of the field across the street, through a narrow hedge of what we hoped wasn’t poison ivy, and onto...

What I Wish I’d Said

“What’s with the bracelet?” he asked.  The cuff in question, made of brightly colored fabric and secured with two snaps, circled my left wrist.  Across the top, the word, ‘joy’ was written on a piece of frayed ivory canvas.  I was making my rounds at...

Turn Toward the Light (Do Not Be Afraid)

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world  all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being. Otherwise, we all remain  too frightened.  – Hafiz The world needs us all; every heart open, fragrant, bright with...
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