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How I Grow

Today I will be willing to work toward transforming, knowing it’s always ongoing and forever.

My own transformation probably … NO, not probably, it absolutely … happens when I have such soul pain that I become willing to review and receive my thoughts honestly. That honesty is the key to greater success
in making long-term changes that bring peace through creating…

Jesus Loves the Little Children

I’m so excited to be able to return and see families and their children, but I really, really need your help!! This wonderful opportunity to care for and play with infants through 5-year-olds can’t happen until I have a regular rotation of helpers ages 14 and older. I’ll be happy to share my phone number through the church office or Pastor Jon If you have any questions about your responsibilities.…

Are We Aware? Are We Moving Forward?

Please teach me how to reach
... and take me in the right direction
toward kindness, humility, and love ...
and away from judgment.

Recently in a discussion about prejudice I was reminded how my generation in the ’60s and ’70s may have been the first in my lifetime to really begin to think about inclusion. There was what appeared to be harmony at school, in sports, and at…

New Beginnings

We all have had and will continue to have a multitude of new beginnings. Which means there must be new endings. Jobs, marriages, divorces, graduations, children, natural disasters, unnatural disasters, girlfriends and boyfriends. A long list for sure.

New beginnings bring emotions that run the gamut from utter bliss to utter despair. Fortunately our lives aren’t swinging like an overwound…

Be Still and Know that I am God

Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

In the midst of conflict and the unknown we are best served when we open our thoughts up to the understanding that we can at any moment step back. That we can become at any moment, willing. That we can at any moment let go of controlling outcomes. We are no longer the…

His Grace Will Sustain Me

With the realization and acceptance that I had played a part in the way my life had turned out came a dramatic change in my outlook. In the past I had always blamed others, either God or other people, for my circumstances. My decisions have been based on fear, pride, or ego. As a result those decisions led me on a path at times of self-destruction. Today I try to allow God to guide me. I am responsible…

Expectations

Driving to my youngest daughter’s house for our traditional family Thanksgiving dinner, I was thinking about the prayer I would deliver and how wonderful the day would be. At some point we would hold hands and sing, circled around the Christmas tree just like the citizens of Whoville. Expectations rarely, if ever, live up to the hype in my head. First of all, one of my son-in-laws was asked to…

Love, Understanding, and Support

This week we are asked to be aware of and support those with mental health disease. I’m pretty sure that there are many of you in our congregation that are affected personally by symptoms or have friends and family that are. Challenges are both physical and mental. Getting help for mental health challenges was a topic on CBS This Morning. I’m not going to get into the politics of insurance…

Like a Child

The second time Jesus cleared the temple is in Matthew 21:14-16. After witnessing Jesus heal the sick and the blind, it was the children who shouted, “Hosanna to the son of David!”. The priests were indignant and asked Jesus if he heard them. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?’ ”. Jesus was quoting from…