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The Power of Gratitude

When I worked as a clinical chaplain in a state psychiatric hospital, I frequently led groups on gratitude. I would begin the group by asking people what they were grateful for. Predictably, they weren’t particularly grateful for anything. After all, … Continue reading

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Come, Holy Spirit, Come

Many years ago I was the interim pastor at a small church and was free to celebrate Pentecost without regard to that congregation’s tradition. We decided that it would be confirmation day for the small group of youth who had … Continue reading

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A Bidding Prayer for the Living of These Days

Come, let us pray for faithful people everywhere. (people may silently or quietly voice their prayers) Loving Creator, you are the Alpha and Omega of all that is. The names we have for you are more numerous than we like … Continue reading

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A Poem about the Widow’s Mite

Here’s a poem from my book, Negotiating the Shadows. It’s based on the Mark text for this week. A Widow’s Wisdom a simple offering outweighed all others combined two copper coins almost without value took on significance she gave to You all … Continue reading

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Between Idolatry and Rejoicing There is Gratitude

Something odd happened this morning. Odd in a good way. I had prepared a group activity for my usual Wednesday morning group called, “Building Hope.” It turned into more than a simple activity for my patients. It actually went far … Continue reading

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Wandering in the Desert

Having spent a week in the Arizona desert surrounded by memories of other times and places, I have greater sympathy for those ancient Israelites. The heat of the sun and the strange, twisted nostalgia that loss brings conspire to make … Continue reading

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Reflections from Vacation on Religion and Renewal

RCL – Year B – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 2, 2012 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 with Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9  or Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 with Psalm 15 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This week I am writing while … Continue reading

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