Author Archives: Jonna Jensen

We, too.

  Time magazine has named The Silence Breakers as their Person of the Year.   I’ve been wondering in prayer about the ways we, as followers of Jesus, have chosen and acted in ways that encouraged silence from persons who … Continue reading

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Favorite Shirts

Mom is back in the hospital this week.  Here are some Mom stories for you.   Mom didn’t have any use for Sunday School.  Mom was a Girl Scout.  She didn’t believe girls in the 1960’s needed to learn how … Continue reading

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Graduation Plans

It is cap and gown season in our communities, congregations, and families. This might be a year for you to take a seat at commencement and cheer for someone dear to you.  You might have some graduation parties on your … Continue reading

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Avoiding Easter Clearance

So, the Easter treats are marked for clearance. The stores which keep calendars for us have turned the page, clearing Easter and making room for graduations, gardens, barbecues, and the 4th of July.  We find in these savoring days of … Continue reading

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Ask

Ask. I’ve been thinking and praying about asking for some hundreds of miles.  God is pulling me in to conversations about asking, even taking the trouble to come to this morning’s oil change, dressed as a woman in work clothes, … Continue reading

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Inauguration Day

Prayers and promises…   A long tradition in Christian worship is prayer for those who are in governing authority.  I confess this is a tradition I didn’t much keep during 26 years of parish ministry.  My husband was a political … Continue reading

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Recalculations for Christmas

“Recalculating” may be the word you hear from your GPS tool when you deviate from the recommended route. I invite each of us to opportunities for “recalculating” the route that takes us to or from the worship services of Christmas … Continue reading

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Wow, hallelujah, and thank you!

One of the great delights of my ministry with you is the privilege of worshipping with you. This past Sunday, I was the guest of Ripley UCC in Traer for a celebration of the congregation’s missions. They had a LOT … Continue reading

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An Inherited Debt

When we think of inheritances, we think most often of inheriting assets – money, property, treasures, traditions, gifts, abilities and such.  But debts can also be inherited.  Some of us have experienced repaying debts of our parents or grandparents after … Continue reading

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Is Christ wearing a Fitbit?

Stirring in my prayers this week are the bold followers of Jesus – including 126 from the Iowa Conference – gathered in Orlando for our UCC National Youth Event. And, stirring in my prayers are my son and his wife, … Continue reading

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