How routines can shape our lives.

I don’t think of Lent as a time to form habits. I think of it as a time to give up. But embracing something new always has in it surrender. And surrender always has offers something new. So what if I approached Lent as a time of testing? Not being tested as much as testing […]

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“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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Frankie.

I prayed with and for Frankie. He was at the hospital. He was a friend and a mentor, though he downplayed that part. Each time I visited, I prayed. It happened each time others visited. And there were many visits. There were many prayers. My friend died. Which means, of course, that prayer doesn’t work.  If […]

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We don’t get to define it all.

(Part four of a reflection on Matthew 17 and Luke 9) 4. The father loves his understanding of who Jesus is more than he loves ours. I hear about Jesus all the time in my work. Jesus wouldn’t do this. The Jesus I know is this way or that. Jesus isn’t like the father. The […]

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There is still room on the mountain.

(Part three of a reflection on Matthew 17 and Luke 9) I’d like to make some observations from this story. 1. The disciples wanted to spend time with Jesus. He was going up on the mountain, so they went up on the mountain. They had watched him go away to pray often. We don’t know […]

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