Preparing

I read the end of Matthew 7 the other day. You may know it. It’s one of the stories Jesus tells, about a wise man who builds on rock and a foolish man who builds on sand. When I was a little kid, we sang one of those kid songs with kid motions. We built […]

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Words when there’s not much time

I’m heading to work in a few minutes. I don’t have much time. I’ll go to the hospital and have short conversations with people heading into the operating room or the scanner. I don’t have much time. I’ll probably talk with a family member or two who said, “I didn’t know he would go so […]

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give. you. rest.

In the old days, when I was a pastor, a big part of my job was giving people permission. Not in the sense that I held the keys and made the rules. Not in the sense of making people raise their hands and ask permission. More in the sense that people would describe what they […]

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A divine insight.

If I’ve mentioned this before, I apologize. Sometimes we need to repeat things, even to ourselves. The other day, I stopped to talk to a patient. We chatted briefly, but I knew that she didn’t need to be entertaining visitors. I asked her what she would like me to ask God for on her behalf. […]

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Peace for Thursday.

On Thursdays we don’t need big challenging thoughts. We need quiet reminders. We need to remember what we believed on Sunday, what we promised on Monday, what we lost track of on Tuesday. We need to sit for a moment, just a moment, and shake off the chaos that was Wednesday and rest. We can’t […]

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