Tag Archives: Joy

Thinking in stories

We are creatures who think in stories. Confusion and anxiety reign when we can’t figure out the story line. It locates us. It gives meaning to our past, shapes our understanding of the present and gives direction for the future. Continue reading

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Praying Good Friday

O thou who art the voice in the eternal silence, the light in the spreading darkness the warmth in the growing cold, the peace in the rising fear, the truth in the crowded confusion: Wounded, you heal. Broken, you restore. … Continue reading

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Where the heavens bend

It seems like we are marching again towards Good Friday, towards the death of kindness and mercy, to the triumph of naked power, to a paroxysm of the Father of Lies. And with what do we stand? Simply the promise that Christ is risen, that the darkness cannot prevail, that death itself yields to the author of life. Continue reading

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Perpetual summer

The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. –Isaiah 60:19 Continue reading

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Creating joy

Through the prophet God invites us to rejoice in what God is creating – and declares that what God is creating is joy. Continue reading

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Overflowing Joy

“I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” — John 15:11 Continue reading

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A parade

“For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” – Isaiah 55:12 Continue reading

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Bucketfuls

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” –Isaiah 12:3 Continue reading

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Everlasting joy

While the children presented the Christmas story this morning in worship I wasn’t thinking about this election cycle or the troubles in the Middle East or the medical problems of family or the family problems of friends. There were just children in the spotlight dressed in sweetness and a deeply familiar story of Mary and Joseph, a journey to Bethlehem, and the heavens radiant with the song of angels. Continue reading

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Christmas Eve, Ordinary Time, and Joy

The new floor is in the entryway. The Christmas tree is finally up. The chrismons are on the tree and visible to passersby. We have decided to place the new nativity scene in the entry, in that area encompassed by … Continue reading

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