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  • No longer living in an antique world
    10/17/2020 This week, my vision was restored to 20/20. I had cataract surgery on both eyes, a day apart, Monday and Tuesday. I am amazed at all the color I was missing, the vibrancy and the clarity of well, everything. It as though I had been living in an antique world, everything tinged in shades of beige and off white. My eye doctor, Dana Meyer, had been telling me over the past few years that I was a candidate for the surgery. The cataracts were growing and soon I would be noticing things were a little more like looking through a lens of Vaseline. 
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  • Bless the beasts and creation this season
    10/10/2020 The month October our church, Roots of Life Community, emphasizes the importance of loving creation. On the first Sunday of October, many churches celebrate and honor the life of the saint, Francis of Assisi with prayers and maybe even an animal blessing. We were supposed to do this last week, in person at church, but it rained and we celebrated remembering our baptism instead, on Zoom and Facebook Live. 
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  • Bad, fake, sad, good and buried news this week
    9/26/2020 We hunger, we thirst for righteousness, O God. Our hearts break, our spirits sag at the news again of justice undone, of a family another black family in endless grief.
    Bishop William Gafkjen, Ind/Ky Bishop ELCA


    This week has been rife with bad news, sad news, fake news, hard news; good news seems buried and just not that interesting. 
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  • Young seminarian gives a gift to those who read the news
    9/12/2020 My dear friend, Christi Nesslage is a seminarian at Duke Divinity School. We met at Anderson University, when she was a student and I was a guest speaker, in her religion class. Shortly after we met, she began coming to church at Roots of Life, and began her own journey to becoming a Lutheran pastor. I am so proud of her tenacity, courage, wit and wisdom. She is already a gift to the church. What she said in a recent post resonated with me and I hope it does you, dear reader. Where do we get our news?
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  • There is a time for every season
    9/5/2020 My friend Jenny has been counting the days of quarantine and social distancing and all things pandemic, I believe we are up to “Day 173”. To me it feels like a very LONG season. We have changed our ways of moving about, what we wear, how/where to stand, perfecting our hygiene, our spending habits, and re-envisioning how to move forward into a new life where super bugs are clearly something in our new world order. 
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  • Thou Shall Not Be a Jerk among the Amazon book selections
    7/11/2020 Scrolling through the Amazon book selections, I ran across the title recommended to me on account of my past selections, the book Thou Shall Not be a Jerk, A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics,” written by Eugene Cho.
    I am pretty sure this is the message, Don’t be a jerk,” reads between the lines of the top ten. If we could only act on these words and use them as a social cue, for all of our actions and inactions as a socially responsible adult/human.
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  • Fourth of July fireworks, picnics, and patriotism
    7/7/2020 This is my Song
    “This is my song. O God of all the nations. A song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; But other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.”
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  • Love can build a bridge between our differences
    6/13/2020 Back in the day, when I was raising my daughter, Sarah, we lived in Cicero and then in Arcadia. The small- town hospitality was just what we needed to feel safe and cared for. Sarah went to the local elementary school and then to Walnut Grove. She played softball and rode her bike everywhere. We lived close enough to the train tracks that we could hear the train whistling and even feel the vibrations of the locomotives at night just before sleep. We established our faith community at Trinity United Methodist Church. This is where my love of hospitality and true church community thrived and grew. Maybe Arcadia was where the seed was planted to eventually become a pastor. I have fond memories and still hold Cicero and Arcadia dear to my heart. It was during this time also that Ryan White, AIDS victim, came to live and go to school.
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  • Cherry picking for using verse for inspiration
    6/6/2020 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
    Micah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

    Some one asked me the other day,“Pastor, what is the difference in cherry picking the scripture, versus me using certain verses for hope and inspiration?” Oh Grasshopper you know, deep in your soul, what the answer is.
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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
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