Radiance

I’ve never witnessed so many fireflies in one place, flashing in the dusk as we hiked up the mountain last night, dancing around us with their flickering light. On our way back down, however, we witnessed a gathering so dense that it appeared the milky way was caught in the trees, flashing like tiny paparazzi

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God Spotting

I had a conversation with God one night.  A proper back and forth kind of talk. I was questioning why I had survived an illness which two other young girls I knew hadn’t lived through and there was a reply, a voice speaking in my heart as clear as a phone conversation.  One answer, “I have work for

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Caring for Creation

This week has been so beautiful… days not too hot, not too cold…in my opinion they’ve been just right. The moon continues to swell and the bursting forth of flowering plants amid the various shades of green delight the eye—even if they set off fits of sneezing for some of us.  I find the breathtaking

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Torn Ligament: Injured Connections

I tore a ligament in my knee a few weeks back. Initially it was immensely painful – the seeing stars kind. After a trip to the clinic, x-rays, and an MRI, the doctors declared it not broken, just injured and torn. Sometimes torn ligaments are more difficult to deal with than breaks. Breaks heal faster.

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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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