A person of unexpected peace.

Jesus had an advance team. He sent a couple people to villages and towns he was going to visit. They would go to the town, stop at a house, say, “Peace to this house.” In some houses, no one would respond to this statement. And they would move on. But in some houses, there was […]

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Martha’s cry for help.

Martha owned a house in Bethany. Her sister Mary and her brother Lazarus lived with her there. We know from events a couple years later that Lazarus will die and be raised again. We know that Martha will understand who Jesus is far better than we read here. We know that she will keep hosting […]

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A prayer for the sixteenth Sunday in ordinary time.

God. It’s been a long week. We know that it’s been exactly the same 168 hours that every week has, but you know that the feeling of time is different than the counting of time. You know that minutes spent waiting for answers are longer than days spent living with the answers. Paul talks about […]

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More than a filed form.

This weekend, several families are grieving the loss of loved ones. I know this because I’ve seen the file drawer in our chaplaincy office. It’s the drawer with the paperwork we complete to document some decisions families have to make for each person who dies in a couple of our hospitals. Several forms were dropped […]

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Do.

This post is from a couple years ago, but it seemed like a good followup to yesterday. +++ I was using The Message 100 Devotional Bible. Wednesday’s reading included Amos. Here’s an excerpt: “I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion […]

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