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since the last time i painted

last time i painted was about 4 years ago. i couldn’t have told you that on my own. but facebook memory popped up and reminded me. the thing is, i love painting. i lose track of time. it is the one thing that takes me away from everything and totally immerses me in the act […]

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coping skills reflections

are covid-19 mondays more difficult!?

one of the challenges of being at home for weeks with out no determinate date when things will change is that days and weeks have become indistinguishable. paradoxically? or ironically? mondays are hard still because it is a monday, and also because it feels like today and tomorrow are barely distinguishable! normally, weekends, and especially […]

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rough week to preaching on Sunday

How does one go from having had a really rough week to preaching on Sunday? And of all things, lectionary this week is on the B-attitudes? Blessed are… I certainly did not feel blessed this week in any stretch of the imagination. I felt awful, felt disappointed and sad, and just all around not had […]

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pastoral message – mourning into joy 1/5/2020

mourning into joy – recorded 1/5/2020 How do we move from mourning to joy? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;     all those who practice it have a good understanding.     His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10 (NRSV) Action and understanding go together. […]

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sudden loss

a friend i had lost touch with died suddenly yesterday morning on 6/12/2018.  she was 40 years old.  devastating news.  i’m praying for her baby boy, her husband, and her family…  even though i hadn’t spoken to her in years i am still feeling the sense of shock and loss and wish we had made […]