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  • 2/17/2018 It is something we do not think about often, because we have been told that darkness equals evil, or sin, or that darkness is the place where God is not. Many of us fear the dark not because of the absence of light, but fear is manifested from not knowing what is in the dark. Darkness is not a bad thing it is just a thing. God made both the light and the dark, as the writer of Genesis describes.
    In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[ swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1:1-5
  • 2/10/2018 Some people call Valentines Day, “Singles Awareness Day.” Admittedly, I have always loved V-Day. It was best when I was a little girl, when we would decorate shoeboxes for our own Valentine mailboxes, have a big party mid winter, dress in pink and red, and eat candy hearts both chocolate and conversation. Being sort of a girly girl, I was the stereotypical lover of all rainbows, heart, cupids, and unicorns all bedecked and bedazzled with glitter and shiny paper. Valentine’s Day was a big holiday!
    As my romantic life became a thing, yes, I anticipated stuffed bears with ribbons, heart shaped boxes of the good chocolate, and maybe if I was lucky a dinner date. Now, after being married, for a long time, having grown children, my romantic life has changed into, ‘spending time together,’
  • 2/3/2018 Maybe this is the year we learn to speak up, tell our story, right the wrongs caused by silence. For hundreds of years’ humankind has been taught that silence is golden and speech is silver. The idea that silence is golden dates back as early as ancient Egypt. Poems and songs have been written with this thought. Parents have taught this to their children, probably just to get some peace. How many times have we heard the quote, “God gave us two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in equal measure”? Wyclif’s Bible, published in 1382, included the quote, “silence is maad in heven (made in heaven).” A now defunct, thank the feminists, proverb in the 16th century was, “silence is a woman’s best garment.” I call shenanigans!
  • 1/27/2018 Last week, I was introduced to a phrase that has become an annoying earworm. I cannot quit thinking about the phrase “a delicious tension.” Most people shy away from tension. It seems like the word conjures up a negative vibe. Tension is an annoying unknown outcome, which looms in close proximity. It is the straw one short of letting the camel fall, or one wind less than, “Pop goes the Weasel.” A room full of tense people can cause of high blood pressure, snippy conversations, fear, and even mild hysteria. 
  • 1/20/2018 They say that pessimists are never disappointed. If something does not turn out well, it was expected. If the expected situation turns out well, that is a bonus. The optimists among us hope for and expect the best of situations. Even when something goes wrong, they are first to point out a silver lining. And while, I would categorize my personality as more optimist than pessimist, I have my moments. The bulk of my time is spent as an eternal optimist believing love will win, justice will ultimately prevail, and God is here.
  • 1/13/2018 

    Seriously folks, I cannot make this stuff up. Preachers who preach the gospel and who follow the lectionary (scheduled, way in advance, scripture selections across denominational lines) are about to get in trouble, they (we) are going to be walking that precarious and tension filled line of (shock and horror) politics and religion.

    I wish there was a way for me to insert the little emoji with the yellow and blue face, hands on cheek and bug-eyed right here.

  • 1/6/2018 Sharing life and faith together is one of the missions of church. Because life is messy, along with the problem of sin, there is no such thing as a perfect church. No amount of rules, doctrine, good works, or good intentions will ever produce a faith community that is not flawed. There are communities of faith that I have encountered that understand, even embrace, this dilemma, and they (we) ask for forgiveness often, strive to do better and are generally open-minded about our own brokenness.
  • 12/30/2017 Keeping the good, the true and the important, and letting go of the unnecessary, false and the trivial, might just be my New Year’s resolution. Many times, over the years, I make the NY resolution about my health, or wealth and end up always being disappointed when nothing seems to change. Nonetheless, I do think it is important to take a survey every now and again about our overall wellness, in each category of living fully. For me, living a healthy life would include my spiritual, mental, physical health, as well as my “house,” meaning my living conditions and material possessions, and my relationships.
  • 12/16/2017 Joy, Joy Joy, Down in my Heart. Where? Down in my heart! This tune, keeps ringing in my ears as I prepare for the third Sunday in Advent. This week our “Joy” candle will be lit on the Advent wreath, and we will invite each other to share in the deep love of Christ that brings us inexplicable Joy. Often times, I have heard the argument that there is a difference between joy and happiness, but they are hard to distinguish. Some would say when you really know Jesus, you immediately know joy. Conversely, it is happiness that the world prescribes and it is a temporary emotion. I was happy and joy filled when I came across an article written by Randy Alcorn. He said, it is an “ungrounded and dangerous separation of joy and happiness that has infiltrated the Christian community.” If we are looking for a biblical separation, we will not find one, for joy and happiness are used sometimes interchangeably in scripture.
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