Excessive Apology and Prayer

My friend Ruth never learned how to drive, and her 85-year-old body had begun to slow her down from the extensive walking she had always previously enjoyed. Years ago, a friend of ours from our Sitka church passed away. No problem: I’d pick Ruth up when I drove by her...

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One Restless Night

Music directors, I believe, are in the same category as retail owners.  We are always looking ahead to the next season. What is going to be the latest style and best seller?  During Christmas I was looking for our Easter (palm Sunday) program and nothing I saw inspired me.  I...

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Always

Throughout my walk with God (and yes, I am guilty of it too!) I have heard the following phrases, “God be with us in this place” or “Be with us in our travels.” “Be with me while I make this decision.” What does that say about all the other times?...

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I’ll

  Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.      Isaiah 41:10   A couple of months ago I was invited to...

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Don’t Push the River

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s,  Don’t Push the River by Barry Stevens was a very “hip” book. The full-photo cover almost caused me to read no further. That cover shows an elderly, gray-haired, heavy-set woman with outstretched arms wearing a full-length, long-sleeved, shapeless, itchy-linen shift dress. Her enraptured...

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Home Is Where…

During Craig’s message on the Sunday or Monday before Christmas, asking about where home is, I recalled several answers and wonder how many know these. “Home is where the heart is.” “Home is where you hang your hat.” I like this last, which I first heard from Dad. He has...

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An Unexpected Surprise

Last week Scott and I were able to pull off one huge surprise for Emmett and Sawyer, KITTENS!!! We had been planning on getting those kittens for Christmas for a few weeks. We had officially adopted them and were counting down the time until Christmas morning when they would join...

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Peace Be Still…

Peace be still… And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.   Mark 4:39 I have a very had time spending “quiet” time alone. I love spending time alone, but it’s usually not very...

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Home For Christmas

What is it about Christmas-time that brings out the most warm, fuzzy feelings you might have all year? I love the oldies, the classics, as they conjure those most comforting of memories for me. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…1 Regardless of the season (but most especially at Christmas) in...

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In the Land Down Under

I recently traveled to the bottom of the world – Australia – or “Oz” as they say “down under.” It’s where my sister lives. And with her my nieces, Alex and Isabella. It was a wonderful time, both in terms of family bonding and in terms of, “Ok, it’s time...

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