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Grief Must Be Given Its Time

“I no longer comfort others with false cheer.  In the hospital, where my encounters with patients are ever more distanced by sterile gloves, computer protocols, and the pressures of time, one way I can still be present is during their moments of grief.  I don’t encourage anyone to move on, to replace, to remarry, or…

Presence

Exodus 33:14 —  Yahweh said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” A few weeks ago, I preached a sermon centering on “the candles in our church sanctuary.”  A few of you were astute, and noticed that I left one candle out of my sermon.  This one which heads today’s…

Strong Christmas Christians

We welcome back to our devotional table Brendan Armitage, who offers this week’s reflection as a spiritual close to the Christmas season, which ended ten days ago on the day of Epiphany.  Thank you, Brendan! Merry Christmas to you!  When a child is born, they’re delicate and precious.  You want to hold and nurture and protect…

Tangled Roots

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 7 A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  (Isaiah 11:1) I could not tell where one root started and another finished.  It just looked like a convoluted mess of intertwining branches.  We were hiking in Swallow Falls State Park on vacation,…