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Prep for the story!

Advent calendars, the kind with the pull open windows and chocolates inside, began their annual appearances just moments after the trick-or-treat-ers finished their rounds on Halloween. Some folks grumble about this, but I smiled when I saw them, thankful for … Continue reading

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God is there through it all

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.”         Psalm 23:1-2   I rarely see it coming. But it always does.   Things … Continue reading

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Deconstruct or construct?

It was torn down in less than four hours. The nearly brand-new home on the corner where River Road weaves its way towards the booming metropolis that is Freeport, just outside of town, the house that took contractors seemingly forever … Continue reading

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More than WORDS

The past few weeks have been filled with words. Since Charlottesville there have been words of outrage, words of anger, words of sorrow, words of disbelief, words of fear. There have been words of hatred. There have been theological words … Continue reading

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Where does fearing others get us?

Security checkpoint number two was surprisingly not crowded. TSA agents were even polite, which I took to be a sign that all was running smoothly for a rainy Monday morning. Flying brings with it a familiar routine. I hand my … Continue reading

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The world belonged to…

When I was very young, I remember that my dad had three jobs. He had a day job which I don’t remember. In the evenings, he worked in a liquor store and I remember going to see him there. And, … Continue reading

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JOY infuses spirits

Last Sunday – Pentecost Sunday – I celebrated in a way that I never would have dreamed possible a generation ago.   I attended my niece’s ordination. But instead of being ordained as a Christian minister (as you might expect), after … Continue reading

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Where the story took a turn

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.   As I picked up my youngest from her last day of school this week one of the other moms … Continue reading

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New Life

The Easter leftovers are gone from the stores now. Even the jellybeans and plastic grass that were marked half-price have disappeared to wherever those things go. But, in the church, we continue to proclaim the Easter joy: “Christ is Risen! … Continue reading

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Are you surprised?

  ‘Surprise is the greatest gift life can grant us.’ ~ Boris Pasternak   I have served at Zion, Waukon for 7 years and every time Holy Week rolls around I have the same people ask if they can read … Continue reading

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