Tag Archives: Justice

Pray always. Don’t lose heart.

The story we heard from Genesis  a little bit ago is probably my favorite Jacob story, although that’s not saying much. Jacob is such a trickster, he’s just not my favorite guy in the bible. He does have some cool dreams; … 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 nytimes.com guest columnist Eric Adams describes his experience as an African American citizen and father … Continue reading

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The demon of history vs. the arc of justice

There is a long history in Florida, in the south, in the United States. White peoples – Anglos and Spaniards – came from Europe and collided in Florida, stole black peoples from Africa and enslaved them in the south, displaced … Continue reading

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Against the grain

Going against the grain usually won’t get you anything but splinters and ugly wood. Nonetheless, as on every September 11 since 2001, that’s where I find myself. Feeling full of splinters … wondering why my wood seems to look different … Continue reading

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“And Everything Matters …”

Ever feel like you got pitched a baby to raise? Interesting sensation. More on that later, when the project at hand becomes a little more clear. In the meantime, here’s the word from A Year with Rilke for today: The … Continue reading

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The abundance of the heart

The black trunks of the pines and bare hardwoods parse the dawn each morning outside my windows. Looking over my shoulder, I see a little more dawn out of the window on the right; it captures a slightly more easterly … Continue reading

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Advent justice

Today’s Psalm is written as a people’s prayer for a just king. It reads, in part: Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with … Continue reading

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The knowing that is loving …

The trees I love the most are the ones I know the names of. I’m not sure which came first: the name or the love. There is certainly a relationship there between knowing and loving. It’s not always a direct … Continue reading

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I have problems with peace …

We had church in the woods today, gathering and chopping more kindling, spreading gravel in the driveway, clearing flower beds. Old hymns often surface when I’m doing handwork; today “When peace like a river ….” decided to run through my … Continue reading

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Listening, and saying thank you

I am thankful for the friends and scholars who remind me to be awake and aware to the stories behind the stories. Thanksgiving  seems a simple holiday, for a good idea, and yet it isn’t simple or good for many … Continue reading

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