Tag Archives: Faith

In the tears of the River Jordan

We celebrated yesterday, January 15, as the Baptism of Our Lord and the primary text for the day was Matthew 3:13-17: 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented … Continue reading

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Always

“Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Is there a promise more powerful than this one? Continue reading

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Stone cold

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. –Ezekiel 36:26 Continue reading

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Tomorrow God will lead them

Two parents in our parish are probably not sleeping tonight. Beds in the hospital are uncomfortable. Their son has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Tomorrow is his surgery. Continue reading

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In the light of a promise

Preached today for the memorial service of Devonne Crick. We live in the light of a promise. And the promise is not just that we get to see loved ones again. The promise is that we get to see all … Continue reading

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Once Again

In the face of each day’s horrors we can only turn again to the promise that the world has its beginning and end in God. This is from a newsletter article for April of 2014 about the services of the … Continue reading

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He has not despised

We have two instinctive reactions to great affliction: one is to stare, the other to turn away. God has not turned away. Continue reading

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Fierce, determined hands

I could write for a long time about grief. I have buried too many people. The scar of grief was first carved by my parents’ divorce. I was too young to remember, but I know that my father was there … Continue reading

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Traveling to Zarephath

The word of the Lord came to Elijah, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 1 Kings 17:8 All our thoughts have been on the … Continue reading

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Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)

In the barren world of a Minnesota winter I memorized these words. The world outside matched the sorrow within. It was the second year after my brother’s death and grief was eroding me, though I was too young to understand. I just knew that I felt like the barren trees, gray skies, and colorless, snow-covered ground that stretched from horizon to horizon. Continue reading

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