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  • There is a time for everything
    5/23/2020 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
  • Taking time to be grounded and have faith
    5/16/2020 At the writing of this column, I sit looking out the window of my son and daughter in law’s home, outside of Cody, Wyoming, in the little mountain village of Wapiti. I decided to travel because these days all of my work is done virtually. I needed to visit again because my son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby in July. I needed to sing some songs to the belly, fill the freezer, and do a little nesting of my own.
  • Month of May leads to many great traditions
    5/2/2020 As I write this column, it is May 1, otherwise known as May Day. In my youth, I remember fondly, gathering flowers, weeds mostly, and an occasional petty theft of flowers from a neighbor’s garden, and creating May Day baskets. I would giddily, place a basket of flowers on our neighbor’s doors, ring the doorbell and run like crazy. Happy May Day!
  • Is this pandemic more difficult or less?
    4/25/2020 Is it getting easier, or more difficult, this pandemic? I wonder this to myself several times a day. My answer seems to vacillate back and forth several times in any given 24-hour period. I think this is why I am so exhausted. This social distancing and the lack of in person communication, finds this minor extrovert having a difficult time. Yes, I have Zoom meetings, keep up on social media, I live with two men and two dogs (who I adore) but still. I miss my people, my tribe, the physical presence, the energy that one can only feel when you are in close proximity.
  • Hunkering down and waiting for answers
    4/18/2020 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?” John 20:19-The Message
  • This may be the “Lentiest” of All Lents
    4/4/2020 Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy week. It is a week that many Christians observe with a certain solemnity. Many read devotions each day or find ways to walk the Stations of the Cross, attend a Passion Play, wash feet on Maundy Thursday, remembering Jesus’ last supper with his friends. We settle in on Good Friday, which marks the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death, by fasting and prayer, grief and sorrow.
  • Holy Lenten Wilderness
    3/21/2020 Last evening, the Roots of Life Council and I met to discuss the effects of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus) upon our community as a whole and on our congregation and families specifically. We believe that it is wise appropriate and loving, to suspend our time of face to face gatherings at 222 Lakeview Drive until further notice. We are still planning to worship together virtually, through various means. I am hoping that other faith communities follow suit. It is the loving thing to do.
  • Church suspension does not stop worship
    3/14/2020 Last evening, the Roots of Life Council and I met to discuss the effects of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus) upon our community as a whole and on our congregation and families specifically. We believe that it is wise appropriate and loving, to suspend our time of face to face gatherings at 222 Lakeview Drive until further notice. We are still planning to worship together virtually, through various means. I am hoping that other faith communities follow suit. It is the loving thing to do.
  • Our Lord is open to questions when you open your heart to answers
    3/7/2020 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

    Seen in the end zones of football games, or in the stands at baseball games, posters that read “John 3:16”, are the sport lover’s tele-evangelists.
  • How to live other days of the week
    2/29/2020 Maybe this past week you thought, “I should go to church this Sunday.” But then Sunday rolled around, and either the blankets felt too warm and toasty, to get up and traverse the mile or two to your local worship space, or the idea of just not getting out of your PJs was just too enticing to make the effort, and you pushed the thought to the corner of your mind. After all, you have had enough of people this week. You did not want to hear someone preach to you, or hear music that did not connect to your soul. Sound familiar? Every once in a while the same thoughts cross my mind too, and I’m the pastor.
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