A Community of Scorched Lips

Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today. The stereotypical words at the beginning of a wedding. “We” are gathered – the object of something or someone’s gathering. Gathered like the strawberries at Suters, or like the people in the long lines waiting to get them. Gathered Like flowers cut from...

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Caring for Caregivers

If I fall asleep in the sermon today, it is because of how jealous Chaska and I were of everyone who got those beautiful views of the northern light on Friday, so we sat outside till midnight last night trying to pray the findlay light pollution into northern lights because...

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Becoming Visible

Beauty of Love All you need is love. Love Love Love. Everyone is singing about it. We all desperately need it. In the 1950 John Bowby started writing about “Attachment Theory.” This Evolutionary theory suggests that in order for humans and other animals to survive, they need to create secure...

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Searching for Stones

This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.” Basement Cracks This past week a sermon illustration fell into my lap that I would have preferred to have not had to deal with, but since it happened, I might as well ring...

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Doubting Hands

Hands Poem Hands – Hands meeting in high five A Hand shaking another hand to finalize an agreement. My grandma’s hands snipping green beans, stitching or quilting My daughters hands learning to wave goodbye Mark’s hand waving the baton The hands of the pianist tickling the keys Hand furiously writing...

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Sprouts of Hope

This past week, I placed my maple seeds that I showed you two weeks ago into some potting soil and they have now sprouted 6 inches. It is very exciting! I will be able to have some sugar maples in the backyard. The tree that I collected these seeds from...

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Composting Preservatives

Composting is the process of recycling organic matter. Leaves. Grass clippings. Scraps of food. Things that were once full of life and are in the process of breaking down and dying. To compost efficiently and effectively, there is a bit of an art to it. While one can just throw...

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Charming Snakes

This wasn’t the first time the Israelites “murmured” or ‘grumbled” or complained after escaping Egypt. This wasn’t the first time that God sent something like snakes after them, when they grumbled In the Biblical story, it’s actually the 8th time the Israelites whined and complained. That is something that we...

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Giving Up “Giving Up”

Science: How Does it Work? Butter, coconut oil, cakes, biscuits, sausage, bacon, cheese, ice cream, pie – are all delicious delicious foods. And they have one thing in common: Saturated fats. Saturated fats, often fats that come from animal fat, are heavily saturated with hydrogen because of double bonds or...

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Scratching the Surface

I remember playing out in the garden as a child, with a shovel, trying to dig a hole and wondering just how far I could dig. Could I reach the other side? I was amazed with the idea that straight through to the other side was somewhere in Asia. I...

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