Tag Archives: Hope

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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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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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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Hope

There is a future we cannot see. Or, rather, that we see through a mirror darkly. Photo: dkbonde 

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What I want to tell Finn

(Recently my daughter and son-in-law came for a visit bringing their baby, Finn, to meet his great-grandparents.  He is the first great-grandchild.  And on Sunday morning we did a “Rite of Blessing in Anticipation of Baptism.”  It allowed the family … Continue reading

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All children born this night

I am lost looking into the face of my new grandson. Whatever conversation I began is forgotten as I hold him in my arms. There is only this moment, this single, eternal moment. Continue reading

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“What are you thankful for?”

My brother didn’t ask the question “What are your thankful for in this last year?” If he had, I could have spoken about the wonderful connections I have had with old friends, the time spent with family, the great staff I have to work with and some of the high points of the year. I could have spoken about the people I love, including those around the table. But he didn’t ask this question; he asked the more existential question, “What are you thankful for?” Continue reading

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The times in which we live…

Thoughts on the Late Bronze Age Collapse, and the enduring Word of God I am haunted by the series of events known as the Late Bronze Age Collapse. In the 12th century bce the great ancient cultures of the Mycenaeans … Continue reading

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