Shake your grave clothes off

It was a simple email, “I named you in my prayers this morning, asking that God would gift you with all that you need on this day to fulfill your various vocations. May you be blessed with wisdom, courage and hope as you navigate these days. Thank you for your partnership in ministry! You are valued and you are loved.” The fog lifted in my brain with this email connection in a way that a second cup of tea didn’t. The song by Birdtalker came to mind. It’s in the video right here. So I played it and danced. This weekend we will gather via ZOOM three times to do real worship- in real time. We will hear the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:44b H

Be Still and know...

The God who is known in a time of all the unknowns. Be still and know I am God- Psalm 46:10a. Some of you know that I often use The Message translation to hear a familiar word in a new and fresh voice. Here is beloved Psalm 46 from The Message: Psalm 46 1-3 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea storm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us. 4-6 River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city, this sacred haunt of the Most High. God lives here, the streets are safe, God at your service from crack

Take 5 and FAITH5 in times like these

What a difference a day can make, or an hour, or even 5 minutes. Yesterday, it was in the upper 50’s weather wise and today I look out at the snow coming down. Yesterday,I hung laundry outside, today the towels are in the dryer. To be in this day. At this moment and in this breath as in all times and in all places trusting God and loving people including myself. It takes time and intention. Will you join me in this time and in this place to be in this day? In yesterday’s bible study we started talking about “taking 5”. Taking 5 breaths, calling 5 people, the FAITH5 we have practiced for several years. We spoke of inviting everyone we know to light a candle, place it in their window to remem

What's the point of love?

God pointing love. Sometimes I just really wish you could be there. On Wednesday night when a member shared his story of how his life was “re-routed” time and again he gave testimony to the the power of God’s love and the power of community. He kept pointing to God's love alive and at work in his life. He had all theses episodes and incidents he shared where he could see God’s love even in the midst of the hardest of times. I wish you could have been there for it. I don’t know how to explain the power of the event without wanting to say “you just really had to be there”. He pointed to God's love over and over and over. When our friend, Mark, shared this powerful message he kept pointing to

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