September 28, 2019

It happens every year around this time. 

I fill my hummingbird feeders, hoping the little dynamos of the bird world will stay around long enough to empty them again.  I always dread the day when I suddenly realize that most of our birds have either migrated or gone unde...

August 10, 2019

Such glorious weather! After the terrible heat that made most of us feel like wrung-out dishrags, these cool evenings have been so lovely. We turn off the air, open all the windows, listen to the katydids and cicadas sing their scratchy songs.

Because we had so much rai...

June 23, 2019

When my sister Martha had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer, she found that one specific verse in the Bible both reassured her that she would be strong enough to endure it, and reminded her that she would not go through it alone. It isn't surprising that the ver...

May 4, 2019

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

~Psalm 63:3-4

In my last blog entry, I wrote about the way silence opens a door to a deeply experienced relationship with God....

March 17, 2019

In my most recent sermon, I talked with you about spiritual practices -- those activities that have developed over centuries as ways to grow closer to God. All kinds of experiences can be identified as spiritual practices. For one friend of mine, it's sitting on a stum...

January 25, 2019

The poet Mary Oliver died last week, at the age of 83. 

She was winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, with 20 published volumes of poetry and prose. Her work has touched thousands with its simply stated, utterly profound observations on life, the nat...

December 8, 2018

Christmas, once again! It's interesting to read all the many different versions concerning the circumstances of Jesus' birth. Many Bible scholars offer alternatives to one specific, always repeated detail: the stable. 

Even those who don't follow Jesus know the story. W...

October 23, 2018

It has been said that the only thing that does not change is change, itself.

Change is a constant in life. One thing that we can count on is that change is inevitable.

We've all experienced it. No sooner do we get used to a stage in the lives of our children/grandchildre...

September 3, 2018

Every follower of Jesus knows that he often taught in paradoxes. He turned things upside down. 

The first will be last. The giver will receive. The dead will live. 

Many of us struggle to understand these apparent contradictions central to our faith. Paul expresses one o...

July 16, 2018

Praise God, summer is finally here! 

As I've grown older, I notice that winter bothers me less and less. When the cold wind whips off Lake Michigan, when gloves and scarves once again become required accessories, I don't fret too much. I just bundle up and wait, knowing...

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