Caring for our Health Care Workers

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

My oldest niece is doing her residency at The Detroit Medical Center.  As the pandemic arrived in Michigan, she rotated from her specialty to help with patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19.  She shared with me how difficult it was for her and the other residents, physicians and nurses to have the necessary medical supplies… Continue Reading Caring for our Health Care Workers

A Test of Faith

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

One of my favorite movies is called The Song of Bernadette.  The film chronicles part of Bernadette Soubirous’ life and the visions she saw that led to her becoming a saint. St. Bernadette’s visions led to the founding of the shrine at Lourdes.  During the opening credits of the film these words are displayed: “For… Continue Reading A Test of Faith

I’m Tired of Cooking

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Every few days, my niece posts pictures of my sister’s latest culinary creations on Facebook. The photos could be on the cover of food magazines. On the right is a photo of a baked omelet she prepared a couple of weeks ago. She has also been grilling and barbecuing a lot more. If the pictures are… Continue Reading I’m Tired of Cooking

When Words Fail

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

It has been a little over two weeks since we witnessed the death of George Floyd.  Almost a week ago, his family, leaders of Minneapolis, social activists, and others gathered for the first memorial service celebrating George’s life.  Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a powerful eulogy, honoring George’s life, legacy and the hope that this time… Continue Reading When Words Fail

District-Wide Prayer Vigil Offered Tomorrow

Dear Midwest District, We invite you to enter into prayer in the way of your choosing from Noon until 2 pm Friday, June 5, 2020.   Issues of racism and violence are out in the open and on the streets around the country.  The Holy Spirit gives breath to the declaration that Black Lives Matter.  Despite… Continue Reading District-Wide Prayer Vigil Offered Tomorrow

Whenever Two or Three Are Gathered

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Most of my life has been centered around church.  My parents belonged to two different faith communities.  My father’s church was part of the CME denomination.  My mother’s church became a United Methodist Church in 1968.  Over the years, my sisters and I would alternate between services, depending on which pastor was preaching or what… Continue Reading Whenever Two or Three Are Gathered

Seated at the Table

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

I have a shelf in one bookcase which is full of cookbooks.  Gourmet dishes, Pampered Chef recipes, a Superbowl Party smorgasbord and of course an ancient Betty Crocker tome.  Favorite dishes and desserts are easy to find.  Classics like chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles are stained and careworn from repeated use.  I’ve only prepared dishes… Continue Reading Seated at the Table

This is My Father’s World

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

There are some things that were very much a part of my life when I was younger. Raising a child, focusing on a career, answering the Lord’s call and the activities of daily living pushed those things far into the background. It’s not as if the time to do those things that brought me joy… Continue Reading This is My Father’s World

We Are Marching in the Light of God

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Here we are again.  Another week has passed.  Are we adjusting to the new normal yet? Are we as eager to be back in our places of worship as those we serve?  Are we tiring of looking into others’ faces and only seeing eyes, as noses and mouths are covered? These are only a few… Continue Reading We Are Marching in the Light of God

Dancing to a New Song

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

We are all learning to live in a new way. Laity and pastors alike are becoming more internet savvy.  We are being asked to be creative in how we reach out to the people we serve in our faith communities.  We are connecting with each other by phone, FaceTime and snail mail. Persons who can… Continue Reading Dancing to a New Song

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