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The Eyes Have It: John 3:1-15

July 1, 2015
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In the desert,long before John’s gospel was written,there was the story of a people always walking backwards,their eyes turned toward what had been,people always ready to be distracted from life’s unfolding,by the sightless golden calves. These people, so the story goes,were bitten by snakes.Strangely it was the first time in all those years in the…

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Don’t Be Afraid

July 1, 2015
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I didn’t intend to post today.  But I sat down to work with gathering up the worship for Sunday and began to recall conversations I’ve had over the last week about people and congregations that have become numb.  It’s an important word and the state it describes spreads insidiously.  A shot of numbness, when life…

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Blessings in the world

June 22, 2015
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Always in life we are relinquishing something or someone, gracefully or with great struggle.  We relinquish childhood for adolescence, adolescence for adulthood and its various stages one for another.  We relinquish one state of health for another, one beloved home for the smaller one that meets our needs.  To be able to live well in…

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Letting the Camel Go

May 31, 2015
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The last two days I’ve listened to Gary Paterson the Moderator of the United Church of Canada preach.  And there were lots of poems within the preaching, tossed up delightfully for us to catch.  This was one of them.  I had to share it.  I’m imagining the breathlessness of the moment when you set the…

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A Tiny Yellow Opening

May 9, 2015
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Have you ever had a day like a long winter when you had no idea where the weight of things fallen could be plowed?  Perhaps you’ve had a week like that, or a year or who knows how long you’ve been carrying something you thought would never be lifted.  Perhaps you’ve been carrying an illness,…

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Inclusion

May 6, 2015
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Do you ever read ahead in the novel? Take a quick peek at the end or the half-way point? Does the book ever just happen to fall open at a place that captivates you; Five minutes later you discover you have stood there your elbows on the counter, wondrously out of sequence. In a sense…

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The Welcome Seat

May 4, 2015
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  It is the first day of May but it is not yet spring.  Somehow a picture of a flower or a blue sky or a bright bird felt unhinged from the tenor of the day.  So, I remembered this, the surprise of these colours on the pew of a staid, old church. The warm…

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To Know We Are All the Beloved John 20:19-31

April 25, 2015
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Holy One You come into the locked rooms of our lives and you speak into our fear and our doubt and our indifference You tell us who we are and send us out into a world where so many have lost their name and answer to hate or fear or power What would it mean?…

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Amazed

April 25, 2015
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Many things continue to amaze me.  How the tiniest thing can lift your heart; one bird’s song just before the day fades, or the sun like a tired mother leading her rain child away. And how a time of morning prayer, seemingly stolen by inner chaos and distraction, later in the day can open a…

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The Texture of Joy

April 15, 2015
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The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about texture; especially the texture of joy.  Perhaps I could have chosen a more vivid image, but I am writing about joy from the inside of fatigue.  I was feeling fatigue as a weight and then I imagined what it would be like to just go inside it;…

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A Resurrection Riff

April 11, 2015
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Resurrection:  A riff on the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria played by cello and piano Resurrection –  say it softly, as one must after the softening notes go wherever notes go when they no longer sound. Resurrection As I write this it is snowing The snow falls like the notes of the music And though at times the…

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Visio Divina

March 25, 2015
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Know yourself now in the company of those who search mystery for meaning; Imagine you are in this good company And imagine that in this company you are also solitary That you are private in this moment That no one sees you but the Holy One or Mystery herself Let your breathing be as it…

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