RCL: The Challenge to Love

I’m having some difficulties with these texts this week. It’s the third anniversary of my mother’s death and my grief is complicated. And the things happening in the world that displace such callous indifference to human lives brings the angry cynic out in me. I’m working to contain these feelings as I read these texts… Read More

RCL: T-fig – Terror, Tabernacle, & Travel On

This was originally posted on Write Out of Left Field. The trudge up the mountain can be exhausting. After feeding four thousand people, witnessing Jesus open the eyes of a blind man, a startling recognition of Jesus as Messiah, and some teachings about what it means to be a disciple, climbing a high mountain seems… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Do or Die Edition

Sometimes the lectionary texts present more challenge than I feel ready to accept. This is one of those weeks. Here in Minnesota we are digging out from the largest snowfall in years. For today that means people are taking things a bit slower and the world is covered in the cleanliness of new-fallen snow. And… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Wake Up Edition

“Keep awake,” says Jesus. It’s yawn, stretch, and get moving time. Advent is here and there is much work to be done. There’s no time for napping or hitting the snooze button. It’s stand up on your tip toes, bounce with excitement, and get ready time. It doesn’t matter how tired we are or the… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God, I’ve always had a complicated relationship with hope. On the days in which I’ve had too much and circumstances disappointed me, hope was the knife that twisted itself into my soul. Through the months in which I’ve had too little hope and couldn’t see well through the fog into the future, hope’s bright light… Read More

Friday Prayer: Overpacking

God- You and I both know that I am over-packer. Three pairs of pants when one would be fine. More underwear than necessary because who, but You, knows what might happen. Several books, craft projects, and two journals because I always end up with extra free time… except that I don’t. It seems likely that… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary:  The You are Holy (so act like it) Edition

Pick a text, any text, this week and we’re confronted with who we are and how we are to be in this world. It can be a celebratory experience – we are holy because God is holy! And it can be a humbling experience – do we really love our neighbors as ourselves? In Deuteronmy… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Equipped for Resistance

After the U.S. elections last fall, I heard many people saying things like, “How are we going to survive this?” and “It’s never been this bad before.” My response was, and continues to be, “The people of God have been here before. If we seek to serve God, we will find a way through.” This week’s… Read More