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A Name Change

“Personally, I have no interest in becoming the matriarch of nations.  But I’m hard pressed to know what my deepest yearning would truly be.  If God were to make a covenant with me and were to change my name — what do I want most in all the world?”

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A Virtual Retreat

“Perhaps Perseverance will help me to lay aside some of the things that cause me grief so that I stretch into God’s presence.  The Creator God’s love for me, for the particular human being that I am, is one of the most profound paradoxes I know.  It is impossible to wrap my mind around it — even more impossible than wrapping my head around Mars.”

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Prayer and God’s Way

“Where are you getting your “marching orders” from these days?  Are you serving the needs of the small self, or are you working for God?  It’s usually not an either-or issue so much as a complicated mish-mash.”

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Say I Am You: On the Casting Out of Evil Spirits

“Projecting evil onto others and then hoping that what we have imagined about them is an unclean spirit that can be somehow cast out of them is a way of pulling back and away from our neighbors.  They become not quite human to us when we do this.”

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Call Out the Gospel that Sings

“People need our voices and our understanding.  And I really do believe that when they hear the call of Love they will respond.  Their souls will leap for joy as they recognize our words.  They may be frightened and angry as well — the call of Christ brings a profound reorientation — but they will recognize, and, hopefully, be changed.”

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Love and Listening

“On Day 5 I envisioned an image of planets in orbit around the sun, and Day 6 brought one particular planet to the forefront — all self-contained and resplendent in its thin envelope of air.  Love is a force like gravity.”

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Baptized into the Household of Christ

“Christ, my savior and my companion, hear the distress of your people.  Calm our fears and help us deal with our deep sorrow and our profound anger.  You, who were helpless on the cross, teach us to live with our helplessness.  Teach us to love.  Amen.”

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That First Gaze

“In each case what I remember most, of course, is the child.  Our grandson was handed to us wrapped in a soft, little white blanket, his tiny hands fisting in a way that took my breath away.  He opened his eyes and looked at me, and I knew I would do anything for this little soul.”

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