Going back again. (A Lystra Tea Company story)

I didn’t want to open the door. I stood with my hand on the door handle, thumb on the latch, and I struggled to push down. I had visited Lystra Tea Company for several months. I was a regular, I thought. It felt like home. And then my schedule changed. I got wrapped up in […]

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About clothes.

(From a reflection on  Matthew 6:25-34,) In this text, Jesus sits on the hillside and takes his time. “Look at the birds,” Jesus says. “Consider the flowers,” he says. “Look at the grass.” And waits. Until everyone is fully attending to the wildflowers in the field. All their heads turn. He waits. The flowers wave. He […]

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Happy Monday

Maybe I should be more factual. Monday. We don’t know whether or not it will be happy. And for everyone who says that happiness is a choice, I’d invite you to follow me around the hospital. In some situations, although happiness may be A choice, it’s likely not the best choice. But I didn’t want […]

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Shh.

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make […]

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Do something.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what […]

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