Tag Archives: Matthew

Abundance in our Wildeness Wanderings

The first time I went to the Arizona desert was a little over ten years ago. My mother had moved from Cape Cod to Arizona when she retired a year or so before my first visit. I went out there … Continue reading

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A Pastoral Prayer for the Church of Today

Holy and merciful God, we would raise our voices with the Psalmist to sing your praises. We long to rejoice in you and tell of all the wonderful works you have done. We want to trust in you like Moses … Continue reading

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Peter’s Proclamation

I am on vacation this week. Here’s a poem based on this week’s Gospel reading, from my book, Negotiating the Shadows. If you are looking for sermon help, try here. Moment of Truth In that moment of answer Peter was … Continue reading

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Weather Forecast

I was bullied as a child, mercilessly and by many for years. I was teased for being tall, for appearing older than I was, and for the clothes I wore. I endured catcalls and lewd remarks from the time I … Continue reading

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One of the Crowd

“You feed them,” said Jesus to his disciples. Right. Because that’s so easy. Crowds of tired, hungry people and no one packed much for the journey. The disciples heard their own stomachs rumbling. Feed them how? “Like this,” was Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Weak and/or Lovely

Holy One where we see weakness you often see loveliness In Jacob you saw a future unimagined as he lied and deceived ran and scrambled to eke out a living You gave him dreams and opened his heart to love … Continue reading

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Dreaming Desert Dreams

I’m sitting in my office just six miles from where Justine Damond was shot and killed by police late Saturday night. Turmoil’s slick fingers have grabbed hold of the city. Some see clearly the issues of fear-based policing and inadequate … Continue reading

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