Author Archives: dkbonde

About dkbonde

Pastor, Los Altos Lutheran Church

Children of Hope and Joy

St. Michael and All Angels, September 29, 2019 This message was given on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels when my grandchild was brought for baptism.  We were worshipping at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.  The texts for the … Continue reading

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To him they are alive

Luke 20 38 He is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” “To him all of them are alive.”  To him Anna still walks to school with flowers in her … Continue reading

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Carried into the story

My mother was an antique dealer for a while.  It is still part of her soul.  When she closed her shop, many of the nice pieces came to live with us.  I was an adolescent and the stories behind these … Continue reading

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A Restless God

St. Augustine famously said: “The heart is restless, O God, until it rests in thee.”  But perhaps we should also say “God is restless, O heart, until God rests in thee.” The transcendent and holy power to which the scriptures … Continue reading

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The heart of the universe is calling our name

“The heart of the universe is calling our name,” Reflections on John 20, Easter, and the empty tomb posted at Watching for the Morning. Image; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sagrada_Famiia,_stained_glass_windows_(8)_(30468921053).jpg by Richard Mortel from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D.

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Always in the presence

I wrote this liturgy for the beginning of worship in 2016 when 9/11 fell on a Sunday.  As I came across it today, I was touched by how it speaks to the tragedies and shadows of our time.   + … Continue reading

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Of rats and holiness

I saw a rat along the fence line beneath the ivy, this morning.  There was a squeak and a commotion in the ivy and all the birds fled the feeder.  As I wondered whether a rat would attack a live … Continue reading

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More on Mary’s cry

The cry for justice, for the setting right of the world is deep in the scriptures.  Israel’s faith is born in the cry of the people in bondage and anchored again in the cry of despair at the destruction of … Continue reading

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Why?!

To whom does Mary’s cry arise?  Is it to God she desperately pleas?  Does her grief pour out upon the soldiers who slew her son?  Is she shaming the Jerusalem leaders who rid themselves of this troublesome peasant by condemning … Continue reading

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Like those who lift infants

Sunday, I just wanted to crawl back into bed.  I was haunted, Saturday, by the news of the shooting in El Paso, and woke, Sunday, to the news of the shooting in Dayton.  It still weighs heavily on my heart – for the victims, for their families, for the shooter’s family, for the spiritual poverty of the nation, for the brokenness of the world.  If I hadn’t already made a plan to attend a neighboring church, I wouldn’t have had the resolve to find a place to worship; I would have gone back to bed. Continue reading

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