Wishing for 2021? or living in the endless possibility that is always “today”?

Monday December 28: The countdown to the end of 2020 now stands at "4" - Rebekah and Derek Maul There is a lot of enthusiasm out there to see the year 2020 take it's long-anticipated spot in the review mirror. I get that, but I also believe a posture of looking for the next best …

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The “Boxing Day” Tradition

Boxing Day 2020 with my parents Ever since I was a child, the annual "Boxing Day" lunch has been hands down my favorite feast of the year. That's right, it even (although only just) beats out Thanksgiving. Of course a lot of this has to do with tradition. Boxing Day has been a family favorite …

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“Images from Christmas” – the beautiful, the profound, the classic, and the cheesy

Simeon took [the baby] in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people …

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“And all who touched him were healed” (the new baby, writing, politics, and Jesus)

They ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was. Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. - …

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Getting sick and getting tested for COVID-19

- getting tested This morning - and by "morning" I mean 4:00 am - I woke up with a raging sore throat. It had been bugging me in a mild-to-annoying fashion for a couple of days but then hit me full-force in Saturday's early hours. Normally, I would ride out something like that. But 2020's …

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A hint of fall color, and “September in 30 photographs”

- the first hints of fall in Wake Forest Isaiah 40:30-31Even youths grow tired and weary,    and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord    will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;    they will run and not grow weary,    they will walk and not be faint. Let's check one more month off the 2020 calendar. It …

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Racism/violence/COVID crisis: we can do better; we must effect positive change; as people of faith we can lead the way

I have a true story for you. It's a difficult story to hear, but I'm not sharing this to sensationalize, or to cause despair. Instead I'm telling it to bring hope, and to talk about what is possible when (and if) things are done right. Back when I was an educator, working in the community …

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“Be still…” – the decision for faith when the world overwhelms us

You know, friends, sometimes life is difficult. Family can involve real challenges; people you care about deeply are out of range when they need support and guidance; work responsibilities can be overwhelming; grandchildren are too far away to hug and encourage; people sometimes are unreasonable; global threats spread with exponential inevitability, be it illness or …

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