On Listening and Lent

Every year as Lent approaches I take some time to wonder what I should “give up” or do for Lent.  I have slowly added different disciplines over the years, such as no alcohol, eating oatmeal every day for breakfast, etc.  But this year I was feeling a vague sense of...

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ordination, ash wednesday, and illness

February 13, 2013. Ash Wednesday. My ordination anniversary. The day I was finally released from the hospital after a surgery on January 29th. An interesting combination of events. I arrived home in Lewiston about 3:30 pm. I had of course arranged for Ash Wednesday services to be held by some...

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on kindness

I spent the past week in the hospital after a major surgery. Everyone who worked there impressed me as competent at their work. But some were more than simply competent, some were kind. Two nurses in particular I will always remember with fondness. These two, one male and one female,...

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the colors of fall

The colors around the LC valley are quite spectacular, trees turning vibrant red and yellow, leaves falling, bright skies, and the Lewiston hills turning green again.  I sometimes shake my head in wonder about that last part – the hills turning green again.  The hills here are backwards in many...

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when you are no longer who you were

I used to be an athlete. I have hard time writing that in the past tense, but if I am honest I must, at least for now. I lettered in multiple sports in high school and college, continued to participate in sports throughout my 20’s and 30’s, worked out at...

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why do we do that?

I suspect that I would have made a really good Pharisee.  In fact, I suspect that I am a good Pharisee.  I have relaxed a bit as I have grown older in life, but I am pretty much a law and order person, I believe that laws and customs are...

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the fast pace of the slow season

I remember with great fondness how long summer was when I was a child. The long lazy days which seemed to last forever. I am of course well aware of why the time seems to go by faster now – after all one day or month is smaller percentage of...

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impatience in waiting

I am currently waiting for the results of some medical tests.  I want the results yesterday.  Part of that desire of course is simply due to the uncertainty of not knowing the answers and wanting some clarity about the issues, but I wonder how much of my impatience is also...

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on feeding others

One of the things I love about my office is the large, west-facing window.  I have bird feeders on the tree outside my office, and thoroughly enjoy simply watching the birds (and squirrels) at the feeders. Today I have been observing a mamma bird coming to the feeder and then...

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the church

The beginning of May I head back to Wesley Seminary for two more classes in my D.Min. program of study. One of the classes I am taking is all about how we think about “church” in the world today. There are lots of different ways of understanding the church, as...

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