I know I’m Forgetting Something

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There are skills that, once we learn them, we take for granted.  I have been actively crocheting for about 15 years now.  I don’t think about the stitches I work as I create blankets, shawls, and other crafts unless I am following a new pattern.  Luckily for me, I can go to YouTube and watch… Continue Reading I know I’m Forgetting Something

Dog Days

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We have a lot of metaphors about the passage of time.  As we enter the month of August, I feel as if this summer has flown by. It seems as if I was sitting at the services of Recognition, Commissioning, and Ordination just a few days ago, rather than two months ago.  I think the… Continue Reading Dog Days

Pictograms

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Every other year (or so, due to the pandemic) I look forward to the Olympic Games.  This Corner is not about the sports or the athletes or even the countries represented, though there were a few countries who are making their first appearance this year.  I usually watch the Opening Games to see how the… Continue Reading Pictograms

Selfies

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As I was traveling in the car the other day, I was listening to a comedian who raised a question that has stuck with me.  In his Correct Angles set, Vir Das began talking about selfies.  He observed that when people took pictures of themselves, they were better than when the camera (phone) was passed… Continue Reading Selfies

Greatness

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When I was in high school my English teacher explained that there were some words in the language which were overused.  She never wanted us to use “nice” or “like,” encouraging us to find synonyms instead.  My teacher believed that constant use of these words made them fillers, diluting the intended meaning. To this day,… Continue Reading Greatness

Shabbat

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Just breathe.  Every so often I remember to do this.  It’s not like my body doesn’t breathe automatically.  However, there are moments when I feel the weight of what is unfolding in our lives, our churches, and our nation, and I say these words to myself.  In the midst of all that I do, just… Continue Reading Shabbat

Psalm 137: 4

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Last weekend we gathered for only the third time as the Michigan Annual Conference.  In his remarks, Bishop Bard reminded us that we have met twice virtually, and only once in person.  I don’t want to say that we are adapting to online gatherings.  However, this year’s Conference was closer to what has been our… Continue Reading Psalm 137: 4

You Are Known

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Over the past year, all of us have had to change how we journey through our lives.  As much as it is true for us, I believe that late-night t.v. hosts have had to be very inventive with their opening monologues, guest interviews the creation of new skits and routines to capture an audience and… Continue Reading You Are Known

Life Interferes with Plans

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Today is my niece Brittany’s birthday.  I still remember the day she arrived.  My sister’s due date was the first week in June.  So, she planned to have the baby shower during Memorial Day weekend, and afterward, she and her husband would get all the items that were not gifted at the party.  Well, my… Continue Reading Life Interferes with Plans

Hope Springs Eternal

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I have traveled to Israel twice in my life.  My first journey was in 2011 as the wall around Jerusalem was being constructed.  The second visit was in 2018, between the 2014 conflict and the one that is unfolding now.  On the day that our tour group was in Bethlehem, I watched as Israeli planes… Continue Reading Hope Springs Eternal