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The Golden Calf, or Change is Hard

“Two moments in our Salvation history. Moses who brings the Law which says, “The Lord is our God, the Lord is One,” God will provide everything you need. Break it at your peril. Jesus shifts to a new way of sanctification, one which we reach through Jesus. He is our sin offering. We are forgiven, even as we are ever tempted to cast Golden Calves.”

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Hearing His Voice

“So where do I find the voice of the good Shepherd?  It’s in my very bones.  I recognize the voice because it feels like the essence of me, a “me” not encompassed by the ego mind but as large as the Soul.”

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Lesson from a Fortune Cookie

“This week I’m conscientiously trying to listen to what is essential, not only with my ears but also my heart. I’m trying to hear messages of hope and trust, not condemnations, self-congratulations, or words of divisiveness.”

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May Day

“It was a traditional spring holiday, a time for merry-making and pranks, singing and dancing, lighting bonfires and gathering flowers. Like many folkloric seasonal celebrations it acquired a Christian overlay.”

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The Legend of the Dogwood

Long ago, the trees spoke to us,

and we listened,

and treasured their lore and wisdom. 

After all,

woods and forests are ancient places,

giving life to creatures both great and small,

and many trees live longer than any of us individually. 

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Familiar Journeys

“During this time I’m clinging to God’s word and immersing myself in God’s stories over and over again. I pray every day. I walk every day. I keep looking towards the rising sun.”

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Another Hard Word: Obedience

“Salvation history is based on submission. Abraham is ready to sacrifice his son. Mary allows herself to be impregnated by a powerful stranger. Jesus allows himself to be ordered to his death. And before that, even Jesus submits to to be half drowned in a river by his crazy fanatic cousin John. And the call of the prophets is no better, and few of them die in bed, happy and old.”

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