Preparing for the Journey by Rachael Keefe

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written by Rachael Keefe Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 Thanksgiving has come and gone. The last Sunday of the liturgical year (Christ the King/Reign of Christ) has been observed. While stores have had Christmas items out since before Halloween, before the sunset on Thanksgiving Christmas filled the stores. We�re in…

Remind Me Who I Am by Rev. Megan Snell

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written by Rev. Megan Snell I am someone who lives with chronic mental illness. Many days I am stable, clear-headed, calm, focused, content. I�m a person who gets a lot done in a day. I live a full and fulfilling life full of ministry, music, friends, family, creative pursuits. But other days, I find myself…

The Second Greatest Commandment by Karl Shallowhorn

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written by Karl Shallowhorn It was about a month ago that I received a text message from an old friend. She shared that a good friend of hers� son was in the midst of a mental health crisis and asked if I would be willing to speak with her. As is my custom I did…

The Reality of a Child by Lisa LeSueur

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written by Lisa LeSueur I always wake my daughter up in the morning by gently touching her shoulder and giving her a five-minute warning that I�ll be back and expect her to be up and about. One day last week, when I touched her on the shoulder, she bolted upright in bed and sleepily told…

The Shadow of Death by Hannah Campbell Gustafson

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written by Hannah Campbell Gustafson I thought I knew what I would write about for today�s post. And then, my 3.5 month old daughter entered into a phase of screaming every time we set her down and refusing to nap. And then, a white supremacist killed two African-American people in Kentucky. And then, a neo-Nazi…

Called to Healing by David Finnegan-Hosey

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�Jesus stood still and said, �Call him here.� And they called the blind man, saying to him, �Take heart; get up, he is calling you.� � Mark 10:49 This coming Sunday�s lectionary texts contain the story of Bartimaeus, one which has taken on a particularly important meaning for me as I have learned to live…

Our God is an Awesome God by Karl Shallowhorn

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written by Karl Shallowhorn �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..� Isaiah 40:31 I was listening to an episode of NPR�s �This American Life.� One of the segments featured a…

Broken and Hopeful by Bob Griggs

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written by Bob Griggs While I was in worship recently, the officiant during the invitation for communion invited us as a �broken and hopeful� people to come forward to be served. As I waited for my turn, I looked at those who were in line in front of me, wondering how in their lives they…

Current Events by Kirk Moore

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written by Kirk Moore Keeping up on current events buy reading, watching, or listening to the news is not great for my stress level. Sexual assault, tears, anger, gaslighting, tragedy, demeaning words, belligerence, desperate grabs for power, earthquakes, tsunamis, fighting, war � it�s all not only demoralizing, but also anxiety building and exhausting. This weekend…

The Truth about Greatness by Rachael Keefe

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***Trigger Warning: The following references sexual violence. It does not describe any events in detail, but names things that could be difficult for some readers.*** written by Rachael Keefe(reposted from Rachel’s Blog – Write out of Left Field) Jesus valued what society dismissed. He didn�t care which of his disciples could most accurately quote scriptures…