Six weeks to Easter.

What does six weeks feel like? It depends. Six weeks of what? Around the hospital, we sometimes hear measurements of six weeks. Six weeks to live. Six weeks until birth Six weeks of rehab. Each of those has a different feeling. But each, I think, leads to a change in a way of living. Each […]

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Stop for some tea with me.

Friends are saying goodby to parents and spouses and siblings and cousins and nieces. Friends are wondering how interviews are going to turn out, how to take the next turn. Friends are recovering from surgeries. Friends are wondering about the new guy. Friends are wondering how much of the pain in the world they can […]

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Jesus needed a break.

He had been teaching, thoughtfully, skillfully. He had been taking on the powers of darkness. He was preparing his followers for his death, getting them ready for what they were going to watch. And for Jesus each day was full of resistance. There was the intentional resistance from those in power. There was the spiritual […]

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Changing for the sake of love.

Forget, for a moment, the season of Lent. Forget the debates about obligation and grace and structures. Set aside the comments about what tradition you did or did not grow up in. Instead, today ask yourself two questions. Start with this: What do you want to change about how you interact with God and other […]

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Moving outside the room.

In our hospital, we have a chapel. Chaplains offer a weekly service in the chapel. It’s sent to all the rooms by closed-circuit video, and is available for anyone who would like to attend a service. We prepare a service, which includes Bible passages from the Revised Common Lectionary. The service includes a responsive reading […]

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