A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

I have been trying to make sense of the events of the last week. The deaths of two black men at the hands of the police, the Dallas Police targeted and killed, and the bombings in Iraq and Turkey. And, just today a new shooting in Michigan. My heart is filled with sadness and tears …

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  Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting …

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Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”: and there was light John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.   Light Light, down into my hole you come, holding on with cold fingers of fear, You lift me from the darkness. Like an otter slipping through a …

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And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 FAITH, HOPE, LOVE faith, hope, love in faith an elderly Priest and his wife waited for their first child in faith a maiden utters the words “Here Am I” in love a child leaps in the …

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  For the past two years I have been wrestling with how my ministry would be expressed in the world.  This discernment journey has taken me “around the block” and back again many times and during this past summer I had finally made my decision, I choose not to be ordained in my denomination of …

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Numbers 6:26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Psalms 29:11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Peace certainly seems in short supply this year.  We are preparing for the birth of light yet darkness seems to rule in so many places. My heart is heavy …

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Deuteronomy 18:15-18 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16 This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my …

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for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Matthew 25:35 Giver of abundant gifts, on this Thanksgiving we celebrate . . . we celebrate. Ah what are we celebrating God?  It seems to me that we …

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The only gift I have to offer this week is my sorrow for Paris, Beirut, Syria, Iraq, and all of us.  So I offer the Psalms I go to when I am in the midst of sorrow and pain.  May your hearts be comforted by the words of the psalmist and may you find solace …

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Psalm 23:1-3 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul.*He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  In the last several months I have been struggling to find the calm midst the shootings in Umpqua, the deaths of those …

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