• Faith Reflections

    Tripping

    From my Scripture reading today: He [Jesus] left there and returned to his hometown.  His disciples came along.  On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place.  He made a real hit, impressing everyone.  "We had no idea he was this good!" they said.  "How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?"  But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "He’s just a carpenter – Mary’s boy.  We’ve known him since he was a kid.  We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters.  Who does he think he is?"  They tripped over what little they knew about…

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    Open a Vein

    “Writing is really quite simple; all you have to do is sit down at your typewriter and open a vein.” Red Smith Open a vein . . . quite simple?  I think not.  Painful . . . most definitely.  Messy . . . usually. In the days of early medicine when people would be under the daze of a high fever, doctors would open their veins to bleed out the “bad blood” so that the person might heal. Do successful writers open a vein?  Do writers who resonate with people bleed out?  In doing so, do writers heal? Does the opening of the vein benefit more the writer or for…

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    Calling

    It’s storming oustide.  I love storms.  I sat on my deck for awhile, listening to me IPOD and letting the wind whip me hair all over the place.  Fantastic! From my devotional this morning:  "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." – Frederick Buechner.  He says it another way, “The work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done.” We seem to get one or the other right but often miss finding a place where the two intersect.  I…

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    A Prayer for Us

    Loving God, we know there are tremendous problems facing the world – natural disasters, civil wars, violence, disparities in resources, and sickness. We confess that there are days when we look the other way, change the channel, or pretend the problems don’t exist. We say that the problem is someone else’s concern or displace the blame. We are not confident that we can make an impact and we fear failure for ourselves on the behalf of others. We might even think that moving to make a difference will change us in ways that we will not like or make us uncomfortable. Before we even begin, we desire to give up…