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

There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

I am finding that I sing a lot more these days.  The tile of this week’s Puzzler’s Corner comes from an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, called Starlight Express.  It’s a different kind of musical about an old fashion train engine which enters a race to impress one of the other train cars.  No, seriously, that’s… Continue Reading There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel

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