On Monday, March 16, my grandmother fell in her care center, and her health declined quickly that day. Due to covid-19, her care center was on lockdown and would not allow outside visitors to ensure that residents do not catch the virus. While I completely understand this lockdown was necessary for the sake of all… Read More
Son of God, come quickly to the aid
of your people.
Come quickly to places of grief and despair.
Come quickly to places devoid of the usual
Come quickly to places of hopelessness …. Read More
A few days ago, I saw a post in one of the clergy groups that has formed online in response to COVID-19. The post posed the question of preaching on something other than the RCL texts for this week. Since I am in the midst of a series on the Sermon on the Mount, I… Read More
O Holy One, Your love surrounds me! Even when I walk with deep troubles, Even when I don’t yet see the dawn, Even when I know in my mind (but it hasn’t reached my heart) That you are always there. In deep darkness, I don’t see the whys and the whats and the whens… But… Read More
I have been thinking a lot about discipleship these days. It’s not a word that progressive, predominantly white churches are all that comfortable with. Yet, with the lectionary moving from the Magi showing up to pay homage to Jesus to Jesus’ baptism, and to the calling of the first disciples… Discipleship seems a reasonable thing… Read More
Dear God- It feels like another day- one more list of things to do, one more attempt to be mindful, a few more meals, reminders of what I haven’t accomplished. I hate to let any time go by without recognizing the beauty of the world, the possibilities of hope, the grace of moments. Unfortunately, though,… Read More
Today I am singing and rejoicing because— We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses Thank you, God! Now, please God, compel us to lean into this promise with hope and trust Compel… Read More
Earthquakes Firestorms Missile strikes Plane crashes City-wide gun violence Is this how we are starting 2020, God? Help us to stop. Now! Stop our pillaging of the earth for our comfort Stop our polluting the air with our poison Stop our scapegoating and warmongering Stop our putting profit before people Stop our othering Stop our… Read More
It must be Christmas 1, Year C because the dreaded “slaughter of the innocents” passage is the Gospel text this week. Of course, there are other options and most of us will choose one of them. Just in case you are feeling called away from God’s reclaiming of God’s people in Isaiah, or the joyful… Read More
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:1 “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease” Job 14: 7 By the grace of God, may we… Read More