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One Million People

March 13, 2012 Do you know how many people were purported to be in Jerusalem for the Passover when Jesus entered on Palm Sunday, knocked over the money changer’s tables in the Temple, and was crucified?  I heard today one million.  A million people.  I Googled to see what current events draw that kind of […]

The Fantasy Life

March 12, 2012 My oldest son asked me this evening what I would think if we lived in the world of Star Wars or Harry Potter.  I think it is normal for people to fantasize about “what if” scenarios.  Daphne Du Maurier’s classic book “The Scapegoat” is about a man who stumbles into the life […]

I'm saving room

March 11, 2012 I’m saving room.  What is the first thing you would be talking about if you said that?  I’m saving room for dessert.  I’m saving room by putting these two things in the same container in the refrigerator.  I’m saving room on the shelf for when I get…  What about saving room in […]

Enough!

March 10, 2012 “That’s enough, that’s enough.  You don’t need that much!”  That is my husband upstairs talking (loudly) to our daughter who is the bathtub, so I presume he is referring to shampoo or bubble bath or something else that is fun to pour.  Do you think God ever tries to shout that to […]

Pieces

March 9, 2012 She says I am the one… I’m singing Billie Jean in my head because I was just reading about the Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil show that is coming to Milwaukee next weekend.  It makes me think of God though.  Think of just that one line of the song, “She says I […]

Can you feel the love tonight?

March 8, 2012 The joyful sound of kids’ voices is an integral part of my life right now.  We like seeing children play and grow and thrive and succeed.  Today I learned my oldest son could be on a local morning talk show if he wins the cooking contest he will compete in as a […]

Loving

March 7, 2012 You have to use some of your energy loving those who are going to love you back.  There is no doubt that God calls us to love the poor, the hungry, the sick.  God gives us plenty of opportunity to do so, if we allow ourselves to see it.  But Jesus also […]

The Fluidity of Community

March 6, 2012 One of us will not be here.  Have you ever sat in the midst of community and realized that that exact combination of people will likely never be gathered together again?  I think we often attend church and think of those who are there as the same old crowd.  But communities are […]

God's Exchange Policy

March 5, 2012 That’s fair and square.  I just saw the funniest television commercial.  It had Ellen in it and the sound was muted so Matt was narrating it.  It was set in ancient Greece and everyone was wearing togas in a big crowded square.  Matt’s narration included the crowd yelling “crucify her” and the […]

Death before Resurrection

March 4, 2012 I just got home from an evening out with my husbands:  ex and current.  My ex-husband is here for a week from Maine because our sons are in the midst of a four-day weekend.  He always stays with us when he is in town because it is better for the kids:  they […]

Experiencing God

March 3, 2012 There is a person at Summerfield who says that music is God’s purest language because words don’t get in the way.  Music does have amazing power to manipulate our mood and thoughts, to take us to a different place, and to make our spirits soar.  I’m not entirely certain it is the […]

God of Wonders

March 2, 2012 I just drove home from West Allis in the snow.  It is absolutely gorgeous outside.  The snow is heavy on the trees, thick and wet.  I was coming home from a “work” outing with my husband.  I was so anxious as we were on our way there.  We were going out for […]

Human and Mortal

March 1, 2012 I knew the kid.  My husband just said that to me, as he had found out that his ex-wife’s cousin died of an overdose.  I knew the kid.  Making a statement like that almost always makes us feel old and consider our own mortality all at once.  The past tense makes it […]

Leap Out!

February 29, 2012 Leap day – leap out.  Just so you know, in my head “leap out” was sung to the tune of “Freak Out”.  So, let’s do it again together – “leap out!”  That’s better.  What is freaking you out in your life right now?  Is it a revelation you have had about yourself?  […]

Share Your Truth

February 28, 2012 What do we gain by keeping secrets?  It seems sometimes in human interactions we communicate with each other in an intricate dance that is designed specifically to reveal as little truth as possible.  We can’t speak the truth, we can’t ask the truth.  Why is it so hard to be real with […]

Feeling insecure?

February 27, 2012 Insecurity is a terrible waste of resources.  It causes us to struggle against other people and with ourselves instead of stepping out boldly in faith and claiming the person that God created us to be.  When we find ourselves criticizing others or instigating arguments, insecurity is often the case.  Because we feel […]

God get's it

February 26, 2012 Someone at church today compared God to a fisherman.  Not in the sense that Jesus talked about when he invited his disciples to be “fishers of men”.  He talked about God being like a person on a boat out in the ocean, enjoying the beautiful day, with his line in the water.  […]

What makes a life valuable?

February 25, 2012 What makes a life valuable?  We human beings often find ourselves trying to decide if our lives will have meant something in the end.  Sometimes it is a loved one’s death, a big birthday, or a loss that spurs us to consider what we have done with all of the time that […]

It's generational

February 24, 2012 I don’t think I have ever been at a stage in my life in which I have been so acutely aware of the differences between generations and also so aware that my peer group has moved into a new phase of life.  It surprises me to notice that there is a whole […]

Kitchen passes inspection!

February 23, 2012 If you asked me this morning, I would never have guessed what was going to happen today. As one way of making the best use of our resources possible, we are in the processes of applying to Feeding America for the opportunity to purchase food for nineteen cents per pound for the […]

Taking up blogging for Lent

February 22, 2012 Having never blogged before, I am intimidated by the recent call of the Holy Spirit to do so as my Lenten discipline this year.  I have found lately that I am struggling to be the cool pastor that I want to be, especially with the limitations of time which prevent me from […]