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Yes, Even These Dead Bones Live

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, we are grieved. Safer at home or shelter in place or quarantine all mean some level of limitation, restrictions on our movement. Some of us are angry, others in denial, and still others are depressed. It feels like death. Remind us that Jesus too was Continue reading

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Mud, Spit and Another Way of Seeing

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, our current situation amplifies our need to blame, require airtight explanations, and develop rules to protect our understanding of how life works. Remind us today that these habits in no way make life better. They often plunge us into a too familiar blinding darkness. Give Continue reading

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Positions Are Not Static or, People and Parties Change

If the recent coronavirus outbreak demonstrates anything, it reminds us that positions change. Sitting here in Virginia counting down the hours as to whether to board a plane to Israel this evening is a case in point.

When this trip was planned, back in September or October, the notion … Continue reading

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All Grown Up?

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, whom Peter called Majestic Glory, the world is all grown up, at least it thinks it is. Satisfied with how much we know and all that we have accomplished we get swept up in the glory of our own mountains. Even still we try harder, Continue reading

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Looking to Reach the High Bar

Pastoral Prayer: Holy One, daily we face being shamed, canceled and judged for not meeting expectations. Some of us even battle self-condemnation for failing to live up to our own goals. The ensuing loneliness leaves us weary when told our righteousness must exceed the religious elite. Thank you for Continue reading

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