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November 2019

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10b November is a time for gratitude for all our blessings. Here are some of my favorite quotes about gratitude. I hope they will be of use to you in this month of thankfulness. At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with…

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The Fisherman

October 2019

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time for tears, and a time for laughter; a time for mourning, and a time for dancing… Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,4 “The trees grow more restless; October wind weaves through them; they shake their arms in dismay as if to fight the coming cold and the grief…

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September 2019

September is a special month, a month that often brings change, changes in schedule changes in activities, changes in relationships. We are not always comfortable with changes. They require us to adjust to new schedules, new activities, new relationships. In the midst of change, we are often forced to grow, to adapt our attitude and activities to a new situation, to find the blessings in change.

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SUMMER SABBATH 2019

July 2019

Observing Sabbath is one of our ancient spiritual practices. The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to rest from labor. Its theological meaning is rooted in God’s rest following creation. We are called to take Sabbath by God’s commandment. But Sabbath is not just a duty, or a rest from labor, but also a time to grow closer to God. Sabbath is not just going to church on Sunday. Jesus further…

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The Fisherman

June 2019

June is a month filled with celebration, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. It is a wonderful time to thank God for the ways that you are blessed. Last night I dreamed that I was attending a play. Just as the play was about to start, I woke up. I was really disappointed not to know what the play was going to be about. Then I started thinking that life is like…

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Honoring Our Work

May 2019

On May 1st some churches honor Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Spiritual writer Joyce Rupp in her devotional Inviting God In describes him as a “quiet, humble carpenter.” It was not so much what he did for a living but how and why he worked. Scholars believe he was at least 10 years older than Mary and died before Jesus’ ministry began. He showed his true character by caring…

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Spring Cleaning Prayer

April 2019

Spring Cleaning Prayer Create in me a clean heart, O God, open and receptive, so that I may embrace the many ways you choose to visit my life. Create in me a clean heart, O God, wash away my resistance to working through difficult relationships and clear out the refuse of old battles. Create in me a clean heart, O God, purified through the daily disruptions and the life encounters…

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LENT IS A TIME TO CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER

March 2019

Many church traditions observe Lent by a period of deprivation and contemplation which is thought to lead to a deeper relationship to God. Indeed, our spiritual mothers and fathers had traditions and regulations which were probably helpful to early Christians and there are ways we can benefit from setting aside time to consider the connection between our everyday life and our spiritual life. Most of us lead much busier and…

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THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH

February 2019

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus of the Reformed Church in America, has written a thoughtful book called Future Faith. In it, he explores ten ways our United States congregations are challenged to change at this watershed moment in Christian history. These challenges are invitations to look at American churches and to be inspired with hope and insight as to what we can do to serve God in the present reality….

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NEW YEAR’S REFLECTION

January 2019

The Rose Some say love, it is a river, that drowns a tender reed Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need I say love, it is a flower, and you it’s only seed. It’s the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance It’s the dream afraid of waking, that never takes…

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