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Brief Thoughts on Grief – Longing

In the days that followed my dad’s death, I found it curious as to when tears came and when they did not. In the mix of family and friends, community supported me, and I was buoyed by their strength and love. Tears usually came when I was alone, and especially when I was tired. They were a release. Strangely I found the tears peaceful. Right and good and pure. I liked that quiet place where I could enter those feelings of sadness and loss, but also joy and fullness. They came at funny times - washing the dishes, riding in...
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Brief Thoughts on Grief

Normally I would start a new series of blogs that coincided with the New Year with a positive encouraging message, and I believe I do, here… now. It just happens that my New Year’s message is about grief. Normally I wouldn’t write about grief at all, because I am so unfamiliar with it in terms of death and the loss of a loved one. But now that I have walked through a first round of holidays in a new way, in a grief of sorts, I wanted to share it. I feel certain that it is a pertinent topic for...
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Dolphins Come in the Winter

Here is an untraditional symbol of Advent that burst its way into my rainy day. But I think it can hold its own. In the South of France, dolphins were a symbol for the King. The dolphins are back. Or maybe it is I. It is hard to know who is the constant. Some days they are there. And somedays, not. If you are patient, you can discern a certain undercurrent, a stirring of the waters, that disturbs the rhythmically march toward the shore. The disturbance always reveals a promise.I studied those waters, inky and thick like motor oil, today....
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A Light Shines in the Darkness

I am preparing a small teaching on the Gospel reading for this Sunday, Mark 13:24-37, which happens to be Advent 1. I thought I would share it with you as a blog.Here is the reading (but I encourage you to read the whole chapter of Mark 13): Jesus said:24“But in those days, following that distress, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels...
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