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My Epiphany message to you: Stay true to your assignments

Read time: Approx. 2:00 minutes The brilliant and encouraging image of Epiphany, which church celebrates on January 6th, is that beautiful star in the night sky, guiding the Wise Ones, the Wisdom Seekers, to the place where a newborn Infant and Family will be found. These Wisdom Seekers trust the bright light to guide them… Read more »

Be a center of peace

Approx. read time: 2:15 min.   I glance at the clock on the wall across the room. It tells me we’re already a couple of hours into the new year. It’s a bitter cold night, and I mark this turning of the year in the Exhibition Hall at the County Fairgrounds. The Exhibition Hall is… Read more »

Giving thanks—it’s a beautiful thing

  Approx. read time: 2:10 min. Giving thanks. I don’t do it nearly often enough. I think this every year as Thanksgiving Day approaches, and I feel overcome by a case of the guilties. And yet, I think: How small, that we set aside a day—a day!—to pause, remember, and give thanks, for material things… Read more »

I am in awe

Approx. read time: 2:40 min.   I am in awe of the mammoth 12-story student housing complex going up a block and a half from my living room windows. I am in awe of the bright-orange safety-vest-clad worker who appears to have no physical supports, laboring away on the outer rim of what will be… Read more »

COVID: The invitation we were waiting for

Approx. read time: 3:20 min. Alright, already! I hear God lamenting. If only my people—that would be all of us, everywhere—If only my people would understand: It’s all about love! No matter what the matter is, it’s all about love. I have a hunch that God is speaking about all-caps LOVE, the hidden force in… Read more »

Five disciplines of readiness for our times

  Approx. 6:30 min. I feel exhausted, from a long hot summer. Exhausted from the Delta surge. Exhausted from outsized weather events. Exhausted from news of countries blowing up, caving in, shaking down, falling apart. Exhausted from news of devastated landscapes, raging wildfires, earth-ripping rains, vast arid wastelands, desiccated waterways, dead fish, dead birds, dead… Read more »

A day’s hike in the wilderness

Approx. read time: 3:15 min. I’m a little over an hour into my seven-hour hike along the McKenzie River Trail. It’s a beautiful morning. My aim today? Hike ten miles. Breezes waft up from the river, cool and fresh across my face, even as the mid-July temperature starts to climb from the overnight’s high 50s…. Read more »

Break open your power to bless

Approx. read time: 3:10 min.   This morning, as I approach the little downtown market I walk to every Sunday, I notice that it is closed. Well, it’s the Independence Day holiday, and I wasn’t connecting those particular dots. My option is to walk south eight blocks and over to a big supermarket which I… Read more »

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