How Can I Help?

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

It’s snowing as I write this Corner.  Mid-April and it’s still snowing.  In some ways we have had a very mild winter with few snowfalls over a few inches.  I acknowledge that the 70 degrees of last week was only a promise of what is to come.  And in some ways, this cold spell helps… Continue Reading How Can I Help?

A Time To Laugh, A Time To Mourn, A Time to Laugh

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

Sunday was a day of celebration as many churches throughout the District and Conference found innovative ways to commemorate Palm Sunday.  Although we were unable to gather in our places of worship to wave palms and shout loud hosannas, I still felt the excitement that this Holy Day brings.  I have had the honor of… Continue Reading A Time To Laugh, A Time To Mourn, A Time to Laugh

Adrenaline Rush

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

I first heard this term when I was in high school.  It is one of the body’s defense mechanisms when one senses danger, experiences stress or is fearful.  The release of adrenaline creates a flight or fight response in which there are physical changes in the body.  Heart rate and blood pressure tend to rise. … Continue Reading Adrenaline Rush

Sheltering in Place

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

As we enter the first week of the Governor’s order to shelter in place, it is far too easy for us to focus on what we can’t do during this time.  I have never been a cup ½ empty kind of person.  I live by the words of the 23rd Psalm.  My cup overflows.  I… Continue Reading Sheltering in Place

Be Prepared, Don’t Panic

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

How to begin.  I lived in Iowa for about 5 years.  The floods of 1993 happened while I was there.  That year, it had started raining in April, with a steady downfall of an inch or more each day.  Over the July 4th holiday, the skies opened up.  Nearly 10 inches of rain fell over… Continue Reading Be Prepared, Don’t Panic

Precious Lord

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

Last week I was watching a documentary which debuted in 1982.  Its title is Say Amen, Somebody.  Through interviews and performances, the film chronicles some of the early composers and musicians of African American gospel music.  One of the people featured was Thomas A. Dorsey.  In one scene, he told the story of how he… Continue Reading Precious Lord

The Roads We Travel

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

Last weekend, I put nearly 1,000 miles on my car. On Friday, I was invited to the transfer of property ceremony of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe in Standish, Michigan. And on Sunday, I went to St. Clair to celebrate a friend’s 90th birthday. Because I have never been to Standish before, I mapped out Friday’s… Continue Reading The Roads We Travel

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

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

The title of this week’s Puzzler’s Corner comes from a song I learned in Elementary School, back when we sang Christian songs and there were music classes.  The verses of this song capture what these 6 ½ weeks of our Christian year are all about.  Like Jesus, we must spend time in a valley of… Continue Reading Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

Getting to Know You

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

The Midwest District has the honor of being the home for clergy who are starting their journey of servant leadership. These new folks were introduced at the District Conference on October 12, 2019. Each one will also be featured in a special Puzzler’s Corner. I invite you, who are their sisters and brothers to reach… Continue Reading Getting to Know You

Open a New Window

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

When I was in high school, one of the musicals we performed was Mame. The play and musical are based on the story of Patrick Dennis’ eccentric aunt who must raise her nephew after his parents die. One of the songs that explains Mame’s philosophy of life is called Open a New Window. The song… Continue Reading Open a New Window