Set something down this month.

Our arms get full of carrying things. We hold onto coffee mugs, to family photos, to holiday expectations, to “number of days in a row.” We are afraid of dropping something important. Eventually, our arms may be so full that we are unable to accept something else. Or we may be unable to gesture with […]

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A prayer for the first Sunday of Advent

God. This virus is doing what virus’ do. They look for ways to stay alive. They stay alive by clinging to us. And in the process, they take life from our bodies and lives from our families. They infect our relationships, our clarity of thought. They weaken our trust in each other and our trust […]

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The innkeeper and other mythical Christmas characters

We know him well. The innkeeper. Sometimes accompanied by his wife, he’s the person who appears in children’s Christmas pageants, dressed in a bathrobe, answering Joseph’s persistent knocking on styrofoam painted to look like wood. The innkeeper, sometimes accompanied by his wife, shakes his head. Even when Joseph points at the overly expecting Mary, sitting […]

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A prayer for thanksgiving

As we approached Thanksgiving in 2020, we thought that things were bad but maybe stable. We didn’t know that the next twelve months would have more death, more disruption, more relational rancor. But it has. And so, I want to go back to the thanksgiving prayer I shared with my coworkers last year. I think […]

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I didn’t get it

Rich Dixon asks us a question today (and himself) +++ Question: Did Jesus ever tell victims of injustice they were responsible for liberating themselves from their oppressors? + + + My high school youth group visited New York City. I was struck by the fact that Fifth Avenue connected some of the richest real estate […]

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