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Following their Noses

“Deacons tend to follow their noses rather than roll things around in their heads.  Even if a congregation doesn’t have an ordained deacon, it’s a safe bet even the smallest congregations have at least one person who is out there following his or her nose, putting the church out into the world.”

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Hope as Resistance

“In the face of loss and grief, resilience is a powerful form of resistance. In our words from Jeremiah, resilience and an embrace of the future is exactly what is being urged. What is being urged by God is not surrender. Rather, God is encouraging the people to stay strong, to keep their culture alive, in hope for tomorrow.”

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A Morning Prayer

“On those days when the darkness seems too dark and the light feels so far away, open my eyes to your presence”

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Listen to the Donkey

“She tried her best to let Balaam know that something was wrong, but he only understood that she was not obeying his command to move ahead. Finally, God gave her the words to make Balaam stop and think about his anger and how unjustified it was, given the length of time he and the donkey had been working together. She also gave him an awareness that she had seen something he had not, and that her behavior was not just a whim but rather a sign that he missed.”

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From Season to Season

“To everything there is a season,” muses the Teacher in Ecclesiastes, “and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to plant, a time to pluck up what is planted; ​​a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and time to dance….”

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Ring Around the Rosie

“Death was a part of life. And for us, falling to sleep each night is a dress rehearsal. You close your eyes, let go, and give yourself over to something greater.”

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Time to Wander

“How often do you get the chance to simply wander? To open your eyes to the beauty of the sun’s rays on the grass, the water rippling on the lake, the vibrant blue of a butterfly wing.”

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