Narrative Lectionary: Settle In (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)

Recently, my dad has had a full schedule of hospital appointments and doctors’ visits.  Because he’s using a wheelchair, a Care Transport van picks him up for each appointment.  Without fail, the driver is a gentle man in the uniform of brown pants, brown shoes and a green jacket, with limited English, and careful driving… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

If we celebrate a Celtic Advent, with seven weeks of preparation of Christmas, mirroring the seven week of Lent, it begins today.  I find myself drawn to this longer season of preparation, feeling like the traditional four weeks are the church’s celebration, and these first three, bonus weeks are a gift for me. In the… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Today, the saints crowd around us, God, and we are grateful; for friends who made us laugh so hard it hurt, parents with the lessons it took us so long to learn, siblings, holding our shared past, mentors, with their particular wisdom. We see the people who come to mind every day, and the ones… Read More

Friday Festival: Reforming Our Lives

There’s a spirit of renewal in the air for our bloggers.  Some of it is chosen, and other parts are forced.  Some is welcome, other things much less so.  Near the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, our writers are finding all kinds of other reformations in their own lives. Rebecca at Desert Sojourn is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: How God Sees (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

There’s a peculiar grief, for me, when a couple I married gets a divorce.  I feel a small pang of sadness when a member of a past congregation dies, and I’m not the one to officiate at the funeral that will celebrate their life.  These things are part of the past, but they reach into… Read More

Friday Festival: Small Routines, Big Questions

The daily activities of getting up, reading the news, eating a meal and thinking about our habits have our bloggers pondering how our ordinary routines reveal bigger truths. The Thoughtful Pastor, Christy Thomas, is getting a small glimpse of life with a disability or a pre-existing condition, and reflecting on how that changes everything about… Read More