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[27 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

His manner gentle
His eyes tender
His smile approving
His heart forgiving
His acceptance unbounded
His healing miraculous
His caring unfathomable
He is humble
 
We are prideful
Our hearts are hardened
We pass judgment
We feel superior
We exclude others
We crave possessions
We die for wealth
We worship power
 
He heals the broken
He empathizes with sinners
He practices forgiveness
 
We can’t accept His love
Believe we don’t deserve it
Like Judas we refute it
Guilted by unrequited love
We betray Him who loves us
We’re forgiven seventy times seven
 
Like Peter we’re weak
Deny we know or follow Jesus
We can’t stand His vulnerability
He accepts death to save us
He is the sacrificial Lamb
He …

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[27 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Our Image of God
Shapes our lives
A punishing judge
A comforting guide
Absent, Non-existent
Forever with you
What is your image?
How is it affecting you?
 

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[19 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]

Santa Claus is a messenger from God,
He shares abundance, generosity, jovial caring,
Scrooge and the Grinch are stingy,
Wearing wizened hearts and shrunken souls,
We strive to be Santa and not Scrooge,
Copious presents and seven course meals,
Too much of a good thing boomerangs,
God disappears in “stuff” and a Roman orgy.
 

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[1 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

Alone you carry your water jar to Jacob’s well
No neighbor comes at noon in desert heat
What deters you from joining other women?
Fetching water you meet a dusty thirsty rabbi
Parched with no vessel he says “Give me a drink,”
You question how a rabbi could ask you for water
Jews have no dealings with Samaritan outcasts like you
Who marry non-Jews and worship at Mt. Gerezim.
 
He remains seated and looks up to you standing
You expect a rabbi to rise and talk down to you
He says your water will slake thirst for a moment
Offers you …

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[14 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

You walk the beach

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[2 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

King Theo had just conquered the invaders who tried to plunder his kingdom which was renowned for its riches.  The king cut a majestic figure with flowing black hair, brilliant blue eyes, and a close-cropped dark beard sitting astride Zeus, his magnificent white stallion. His army followed him faithfully, believing he was invincible.  Having defeated the pillagers, he focused his attention on his kingdom.
With his sonorous voice he addressed his citizens: “We are a glorious country. We have many reasons to be proud of our peacefulness and prosperity.  I am …

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[11 Feb 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Young children are natural risk takers. I delighted watching my granddaughter, Lexi, when she was learning to walk. She pulled herself up on the leg of a chair, took a wobbly first step and fell. Undeterred, she pulled herself up on the chair and tried again. Lexi fell many times. Eventually she maintained her balance and took her first step.  She progressed in the way we all grow: by falling or making mistakes and learning from them. Lexi had courage.  She didn’t fear failure.
Thomas Edison failed ten-thousand times inventing the …

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[14 Nov 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

   “Because with every action, comment, conversation, we have the choice to invite Heaven or Hell to Earth.” ― Rob Bell, author of Love Wins.
 
Bret phoned. “I need an appointment. Today!”
I had not heard from Bret for months. I had enjoyed counseling him.  Like Moses he was meek—he was willing to learn.
We met that afternoon in my office.  Sixty-one, tall and athletic, Bret’s shoulders slumped. Once captain of his college tennis team he is now a low handicap golfer.  Dressed in coat and tie he wore his usual winning smile …

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[13 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Click on this Youtube video:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF6LAEoWmGkOh my freaking God Wow wow wow This is just amazing  Here is divinity on demonstration in the grace, sensitivity, trust, and creativity between a man and a woman as they share their talents with love.

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[20 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation…” Matthew 12:25
The presidential election is over and Barack Obama has been re-elected. Many of us are happy and filled with energy. Many of us are sad and dispirited. All of us, however, suffer from this painful truth: we are a deeply divided nation. Our nation is frozen in gridlock between opposed views of governing. One side wants larger government, whereas the other side wants smaller government. Democrats and Republicans are not communicating with each other. The tragedy is that no one …