Choosing the Kingdom

Every time we pray the prayer Jesus gave us, we pray ‘thy kingdom come.’  What, exactly, do we mean?  Today is the Feast of the Ascension, when Jesus rose up into a cloud, leaving the disciples staring up such that two angels appear and ask them, “men of Galilee why do you stand there looking

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What Matters

This week the staff held a planning meeting, one of several, to begin mapping out the coming year. In my first parish, the rector called it the long death march through the calendar—painful, but necessary. Actually, we had a lot of fun along the way, and I’m grateful we are working on the project further

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Discerning Hearts

Not long ago, a parishioner shared that he had been doing a lot of discerning of late. He joked that before meeting me that wasn’t a word that he had ever used, and now he found himself using it frequently. Most of us find ourselves making decisions all the time, from how we will spend

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Learning from the Living School

Whether we are given many days to live or too few, we don’t often stop to consider why we are Christians, where we have seen God at work in our own lives—or even where we still aren’t sure!  Why are you a Christian?  What is the meaning of your life and how do you make

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Surprised by Joy

Little did I imagine what would unfold when I agreed to do a room dedication at the Buddy Foundation for a parishioner.  The Buddy Foundation is a wonderful local shelter that provides for homeless and abandoned animals, committing to their care even if homes cannot be found.  They often receive animals from the Pike County Shelter

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Resurrection

There is a wonderful book title, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. I haven’t opened it in a long while but occasionally the title catches my eye, causing me to smile. Certainly I can relate. Life is punctuated by joy-filled highs, standing in stark relief against the backdrop of ordinary time. We celebrated the resurrection this

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Holy Flow

As a middle school girl, I was a bit leery of threes, as a triad of friends often came with complications…but I suspect that was more a middle school issue than the number three. In reality, the inherent creative potential hidden within a trinity is evident throughout our universe, once we become aware.  Think of

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Companions on the Way

Stephanie and I talked this morning, as we often do, while I was out early walking Howie. We met 23 years ago, when I applied to attend the seminary where she worked, and forged a bond surprisingly quickly.  Although we haven’t lived near each other for the last 18 years, we have stayed connected through regular

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Refresher

I have always been an Episcopalian.  I grew up a part of Christ Church Cranbrook, a beautiful, gothic building that inspired mystery and wonder in a child, but was going through some pretty dark times.  Ultimately, my family made the move to St. James Episcopal Church, a more contemporary building with growing and joy-filled ministries

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Springing

Here we are in the midst of the Lenten wilderness, with the weather vacillating between winter and spring, and the tender new birth of Easter’s resurrection hovering in the wings. Many of the metaphors we carry, perhaps unconsciously, in Lent come from images of dryness.  They start with the desert of Jesus’ temptation and move

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