He has led me to a place I had absolutely no intention of ever setting foot in: the Episcopal Church. And he has led me right into the middle of this thing called “diakonia,” serving God in serving others. He has introduced me to the order of deacons, ordained to bring the church within the walls and the church outside of the walls together.
Kai-the-dog likes the woodstove. A lot. He is an old dog whose muscles, joints and bones ache. He is almost 14 years old and so, in human years, he is almost 98. Medications to numb the pain are helping but still, an egg-crate-foam bed and a very hot wood stove are a great comfort to a dog in his later years.
The cross represents a story, as is the function of a symbol; and there are two sides to that story, which are inherently intertwined.
“The Bible invites—almost demands—our questions,” writes Lutheran pastor Debbie Blue in Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible.