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A Time to Care for Others

The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25: 40 (NIV) Here I am sitting at my kitchen table, in the middle of the Andrews' attempt to practice social distancing. I have the luxury of being able to work from home, but the curse of being at home during e-learning days (remember Ansen is my youngest child) is making sure that the boys get their school work done while simultaneously trying to complete my own. The hardest part of practicing social distancing, other than being stuck in the same house with two rambunctious boys, is the uncertainty of these times. I have heard a theory that most of us like

Re-Awakening

Last Saturday was a beautiful early spring day, a crisp, sunny day perfect for experiencing the re-awakening of life amongst the wonders of the Indiana Dunes. As we hiked amongst the rolling dunes held steadfast against the winds by the spreading tree roots, the sky was full of sounds, the screeching of the gulls, the songs of the blackbirds, and over and above it all, the loud, rattling, bugle sounds of the Sandhill Cranes. Originating from unseen formations high above and from nearby wetlands, the sounds seemed to echo from the blue dome of sky, undiminished by the screening tree branches and compressed between the nearby dunes. Although our region is a favorite stopover for many thousan

The Longer View of History

I recently read a piece about the great distances in the universe and the vast amount of time involved. The nearest star to the earth, other than the sun, is Alpha Centauri, which is estimated to be about 25 trillion miles away from earth - - 25 Trillion! It takes light from Alpha Centauri more than four years to reach the earth. The image that the author chose to illustrate this distance was the printing and delivering of a newspaper. (I know the idea of a printed newspaper is a bit dated for some modern folks who prefer to receive their news on screens, but bear with me.) Imagine a newspaper that was published on Alpha Centauri being delivered to our front porch this morning, perhaps tosse

Transformed!

In Pastor Kim's sermon last Sunday, she said, "The transfiguration of Christ transforms us." I've been thinking about that ever since. So I went back and re-read the accounts of Jesus's transformation, found in all three of the synoptic gospels. Each describes how the clothes Jesus wore suddenly became white. In the New International Version, Luke states that the clothes became "as bright as a flash of lightning." Matthew describes them as "white as the light." And Mark says they became "dazzling white." So I've been thinking about light. As I write, I'm sitting at the kitchen table in front of a window of our little cottage in southern Indiana. The sky is blue, the sunlight plays upon the b

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