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Trains and the Churches
I remember riding the fair train twice in 40 years, from Fishers to Indy. I remember riding the train one time from the Transportation Museum to the bottom of the hill at Forest Park, with my young kids. I remember looking at the Transportation museum through the fence as I traveled through the park, by foot or car. All of these memories are good and nostalgic memories. The train for me equaled a moment in time
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Little class in the fundamental teachings
Martin Luther had a way with words. No dancing around the issue of what he believed to be a travesty; the lack of the common person's ability to say why they claimed to be a Christian. Not much has changed.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Lent can be a time to strengthen relationship with God, each other
Each year, beginning with Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent begins a forty day spiritual journey "towards the cross," aka, Easter Sunday. These forty days are to be a season of reflecting, and repenting, confessing our sins, and finding ways to be more in tune to what God wants for our lives. Some people give up something for Lent that might remind them of a sacrifice in their life. Young children may give up sweets, or soda. Even adults might give up meat, sugar of any kind, or alcohol.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Some people are like tests
Believe it or not some people like tests. These would be the people who are competitive, or people who are good at what they will be tested. If I know that I am going to do well at my race, my math test, my dance solo, or debate, I am all in. Bring it! However, when I am tested unexpectedly, or I do not know the material, my demeanor changes to worry, fear and maybe even stubbornness.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Persistently heartened and hope-filled
It was not a secret, to my congregation, that I was not in love with the word "hope." Yes, I know I know, Christians are supposed to cling to hope, hope in Christ that is. Maybe that is why I chose this word to study and contemplate, as we went through the Advent and Christmas season. My hope was more like the hope of Job understanding that God was near yet so far, and where oh where is the fun in this way of living.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
In search of a Pink Rally Cap
Whoa, what a week! When the Joy in the Journey column was written, last week, I had not made up my mind to attend the Women's March in Indianapolis. After all, I had not ordered my pink pussy-cat hat. I waffled all week on my decision. To go, and voice support of all things that women care about sounded like something that was right up my alley. But then I did not want to go if it were perceived that I was going to protest the newly elected President. For most women, it was a rally, to speak, to have a voice in the things that matter to women.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Praying for the President, protesters and peace
The peaceful transition of power is something the United States prides itself. The day on which one President and their family moves out of the White House and other moves in, all in a five hour time slot, is nothing short of a modern day miracle. Not the moving out part, but the peaceful part, the peaceful transition part is what constitutes the miracle. Shalom, it is all we want. Peace, peace and yet it eludes us, even during this time of pride-filled transition. Yes, there will be protesters, because after all there are winners and losers. I contend that we can still have peace even in the midst of protesting and transition but it takes prayer, empathy, humility, and it takes being aware of our own sinful nature.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Epiphany ... When Christians witness manifestation of Jesus
So, how is it going? Your New Year? Did you make new resolutions? Are you still hope-filled? I feel a little deflated. Christmas is over, New Years Day is over, and the Colt's season is over. We know what it feels like to be finished with a project, to reach a goal, and to give birth. It always feels good to reach the end. But then what? That is the tricky part. Christmas came and went, the last of the Christmas ornaments and decorations are lovingly put away, the leftovers are gone, the kids are either back to school, or they start back soon.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Nostalgia not a true measure of reality
Some people are ready to let 2016 go down as one of the worst ever in history. The litany of reasons stems not only from personal hardships, but also to the especially vicious campaign, election and election aftermath for POTUS, the state of world peace, and a number of world and national problems that never seem to go away or even give the hope of resolution. This past week, in particular, the deaths of movie star icons, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, (and Irv Heath, "Mr. Noblesville,") have been the black icing on the cake.
Saturday, December 31, 2016



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