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Simplicity

Mark 10:46-52 “in light of each day’s questions, I am never prepared. Today, again, I have nothing to offer but a handful of old prayers, worn down by relentless abrasion of doubt, and a fragment of dream that plays on in my head only half-remembered. Still, the doves coo and circle through the pines as they do when I pass […]

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Puzzles

Scripture: Mark 10:35-45 I have been pondering the poem “The Place Where We Are Right” this week by Yehuda Amichai. It reads: “From the place where we are right flowers will never grow in the spring. The place where we are right is hard and trampled like a yard. But doubts and loves dig up the world, like a mole, […]

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The Bread of Life

John 6:24-36 Hungry and desperate, the people press in on Jesus from all sides. I have a bread, Jesus tells them, that will always fill you up and satisfy you. Their mind hovers on these words: I have a bread that will fill you up. After all, this is a people, who know what it is to be empty, to […]

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Grace Is Our Backstory

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The Scripture today tells us: The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. They had been on the road for days. Teaching. Telling the story of Jesus. Telling how their lives had been changed. Telling how they had just been out there in the tedium of their everyday life, longing […]

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Let’s Face It

Mark 8:31-38 Let’s face it. How do we learn to face things? What does that look like? I was pondering that question this week while I was reading the book Second Chances by Cat Hoke. In the book, Cat talks about visiting a prison one day, and seeing the entrepreneur talent of the prisoners. She vividly recalled how one man […]

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