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Sparrows

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My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God…(Read More)

Dreams

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Dreams in the Bible were serious business, considered messages from God (or their god) or revelations of truth that needed attention…(Read More)

You are God’s Temple

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Paul gives us today the fundamental truth that echoes from Genesis: You are God’s temple, and all things are yours…(Read More)

Hope in the wilderness

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The desert is the home of despair. And despair, now, is everywhere. Let us not think that our interior solitude consists in the acceptance of defeat. We cannot escape anything by consenting tacitly to be defeated. Despair is an abyss without bottom. Do not think to close it by consenting to it and trying to…(Read More)

A Day in the Life

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Teaching and healing. Word and sacrament. Religious/political discourse and hands-on service to the needs of others. Walking the talk…(Read More)

The Foolish Cross

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Dorothy Sayers says it nicely: “God did not abolish the fact of evil. He transformed it. He did not stop the crucifixion. He rose from the dead…(Read More)

Beginnings

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Today we begin the Joseph saga in Genesis. We also start Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, and we open the first gospel, the Gospel of Mark…(Read More)

Perhaps this is the hidden story of Emily Malbone Morgan–that she is a lesson in how our hearts and minds can change under the influence of God’s mercy and grace…which brings us back to why she has a spot on our calendar, her absolute devotion to intercessory prayer. The more we are…(Read More)

A Fruitful Mission

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Reading the biography of John Roberts, who we commemorate today, the thing that reached out and grabbed me was how different he was from probably almost every other white person the Arapaho and Shoshone people had ever seen or met. He treated them with respect, encouraging them to maintain their tribal languages, customs and traditions…(Read More)

“The Lord is Near”

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“The Lord is near.” What a gentle encouragement. Much of the intention of the many prayer disciplines is to create in us a constant sense of God’s presence. Classical spirituality calls it “recollection” — the state of being constantly aware of God and responsive to God’s presence. Some use the word “mindfulness”. A gentle…(Read More)

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