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Good Friday: Suffering With, on the Worst Day Ever

One of the most poignant and useless and common questions I hear people ask when they face into their Worst Day Ever is “Why?” Why did I get this cancer, why am I dying, or – worst of all – … Continue reading

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Blur and Cross the Thin Blue Line

“We call the police the thin blue line. Let it not be a line that divides us.” – Eric L. Adams, NY police officer and guest columnist Eric Adams describes his experience as an African American citizen and father … Continue reading

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A prayer of breaking, and entering

Holy God We make bold to call ourselves to your notice before we have a chance to ask for mercy. And yet, you meet us with grace before a word is on our lips. And so we come to your … Continue reading

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Week of Righteous Resistance

Showing Up for Racial Justice is an organizing/activist group I follow and support. The following is drawn from a response they have developed for white people of faith against the burning of black churches; I hope you’ll find it useful. Let’s … Continue reading

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Balm in Gilead

If playing music is an ocean, I just have my toes dipped in. I may never be fully submersed and swimming out to sea, but I’m never leaving the shore, either. I tried to learn to play guitar when I … Continue reading

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Two turtledoves … some assembly required

Two thoughts, actually. They are a completely mismatched pair, but they have arrived on the same day, so … First thought. What the hell is a turtle dove? The interwebs say that it is a monogamous bird with a soft, … Continue reading

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Just dying for … church?

“I’m just dying to ______.” How would you fill in the blank? (And don’t forget to tell me what your answer is ….) After you give that some thought, consider this: how did we get to this particular cliché? Where … Continue reading

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A grief: lostness, and wholeness

I’m working the bookends of life this summer: the oncology floor and labor/delivery/pediatrics. Maybe you think I have those in the wrong order; not for me. The oncology floor holds my attention so much more directly than LDR or peds. … Continue reading

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CPE: Another journey begins …

The first day of Clinical Pastoral Education brought a couple of happy surprises and some familiar fears: all told, a good day of intention and grace. You might think someone who’s completed undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees would be through … Continue reading

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