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Tumbling in the Sand

Sidewalk Flowers: A day at a time

Reflections for Lent – Day 14 We received some hard news about our newest kitten, Marcella Maple Syrup (yes, that’s her name. She came with the Maple Syrup, but Marcella … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Outside the Bubble

Reflections for Lent – Day 11 My husband told me about the act of terrorism in Christchurch on the way to dinner. It’s the first major tragedy of this Lenten … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

The Work of Dehumanization and the Gospel Challenge

We are constantly exposed in our culture to subtle and not so subtle messages meant to dehumanize others and to make us less empathic toward the suffering of others. These … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Doughnut Holes and Hippopotami

Reflections for Lent – Day 10 Okay, first of all, I can’t believe how easy it was to find pictures of hippos and doughnuts together. The internet is a strange … Continue reading

March 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk flowers: Experiments

Reflections for Lent 2019 – Day 9 I really hate it when an experiment is an unmitigated failure. Of course, I’m sure you could argue that an experiment is never … Continue reading

March 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Ways to say “I love you.”

Reflections for Lent – Day 6 Yesterday at church, parishioners shared with me their favorite cures to sinus infections and colds (yes, I’m sick … still). They asked a whole … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Falling apart

Reflections for Lent – Day 5 Did you know the Great Wall of China is crumbling? Apparently, “State media reported 01 December 2003 only about one third of China’s 2,000-year-old … Continue reading

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Searching

Reflections on Lent 2019 – Day 4 I mentioned in my first reflection for Lent that I have been feeling the need to open space up in my life. Space, … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Rest

Reflections on Lent 2019 – Day 3 Today is my day off. I know, my initial agreement with the congregation actually says I get two days off a week. I’ve … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Ashes to Ashes

Reflections for Lent 2019 – Day 2 My hands are coarse today from the ashes of yesterday. And maybe the cold of being outside for “Ashes to Go” added to … Continue reading

March 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Sidewalk Flowers

Reflections for Lent 2019 – Day 1 It’s one of those wordless children’s books where the pictures tell stories and convey more meaning than a million pages of text. Jon … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Angels at the Gas Station

She called me an angel sent by God. “I know some people who have other opinions,” I thought to myself Because, well, I do And because well, I have that … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Clay Jars

The texts for Sunday, June 3, 2018:  Deuteronomy 5:12-15;  Psalm 81:1-10; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; and Mark 2:23–3:6 “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be … Continue reading

June 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Persistent God

The texts for Sunday, February 19, 2017:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18;  Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23; and Matthew 5:38-48 Well, this morning, we are sure confronted in the texts with an … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

A world turned on end

The texts for Sunday, November 13, 2016:  Malachi 4:1-2a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; and Luke 21: 5-19 Nations will rise against nation Earthquakes, famines, plagues Sickness, persecution, suffering Injustices, riots, … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Open, empty hands

The texts for Sunday, October 23, 2016: Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 84:1-7;  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; and  Luke 18:9-14 How do you receive a gift?  Or many gifts? I think God pours out gifts beyond … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · 2 Comments


The texts for Sunday, September 11, 2016 are:  Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; and Luke 15:1-10 “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

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