Harmony

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I remember March 2020 vividly.  Members of the Michigan Annual Conference gathered for a special session to consider a motion for General Conference which was planned for a few weeks later. I attended the Appointive Cabinet meeting that week and stopped by the store on the way home to pick up a few essentials. That’s… Continue Reading Harmony

Praying Without Ceasing

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I come from a family of ministers.  My aunt was the equivalent of the Associate Pastor at the church she served.  She led Wednesday night prayer services.  Her husband, my Uncle Harry would often lift up the prayers each time we gathered.  He was a true prayer warrior.  Often, he would pray for 45 minutes… Continue Reading Praying Without Ceasing

Commencement

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Spring has sprung! Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that the grass is greener than it was at the beginning of April.  The buds on the maple trees in my yard are already raining down on the porch and driveway.  The dogwood tree is starting to blossom too.  I don’t have any tulips,… Continue Reading Commencement

All But Her Life

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I rarely dedicate this piece to persons I have known, but today I want to share this in honor and memory of Gerda Weissman Klein.  She was a Holocaust survivor who went home to our Lord on April 3, 2022.  I first came to know of Mrs. Klein when I was in 7th grade. Our… Continue Reading All But Her Life

A Meal Like No Other

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We are in the middle of Holy Week, the last week of our Lenten journey.  Tomorrow many of us will be commemorating the Holy Meal that has transformed the world. It was and is truly a meal like no other. None of the Gospels share whether this was the first or third Passover Jesus and… Continue Reading A Meal Like No Other

Never a Chance Meeting

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Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You can have this whole world, give me Jesus.1 This is a song I often sing when I am feeling troubled, anxious, or worried.  But I know there was a time before our Savior came to journey with us.  What did people who struggled back then sing about?  When… Continue Reading Never a Chance Meeting

A Time of Paralysis

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The Forgiveness and Healing of a Paralyzed Man from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 5: 17-26) are another of those passages that has a happy ending.  In this version of the event, the friends of the paralyzed man carry him to where Jesus was teaching.  There were Pharisees and teachers of the law with Jesus at the… Continue Reading A Time of Paralysis

Waiting on the Lord

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During this season of Lent, I want to continue to wrestle with some of the valleys we experience as we retell Jesus’ journey for our salvation.  I will be reflecting on the Lukan version (Chapter 8) of the healing of The Hemorrhaging Woman and the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter. These two miracles were twelve years… Continue Reading Waiting on the Lord

Gone Too Soon

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During this season of Lent, I want to invite us to continue to spend time in those Scriptures which require us to spend time in the valleys of our lives.  For me, one of these passages is the story of Lazarus’ resurrection. Like the story of the Good Samaritan, we want to rush to that… Continue Reading Gone Too Soon

How Can I Keep From Singing?

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The pandemic has changed the ways we live our lives.  COVID updates are part of the daily newsfeed with positivity rates, hospitalizations and sadly death rates presented.  Trips to stores and hospitals have encouraged or required us to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and check our temperatures on a regular basis. Delivery companies like… Continue Reading How Can I Keep From Singing?