December 2, 2018

Reading Matthew 9: 19-21 (NRSV) A woman who has been ill for 12 years touches the fringe of the cloak of Jesus, hoping to be healed. Twelve years! Can you imagine the daily energy loss from continuous hemorrhaging? How can she still have hope that something will change? Where did she get the vision of … Continue reading December 2, 2018

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October 7, 2018

Reading Matthew 6:19-21 (NRSV) "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Our 3-year-old grand-daughter picks up bits of paper, glass, or plastic she finds while out walking. She walks further and many of the bits fall out of her hands or pockets. She is heartbroken. We thought her collection was trash, but … Continue reading October 7, 2018

Advent Devotional: December 19, 2017

This entry was written for my church’s daily Advent devotional booklet.  Reading Matthew 2: 9b-10 (NRSV) "...and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy." The wise … Continue reading Advent Devotional: December 19, 2017

October 29, 2017

Reading Matthew 18:21-35 (NRSV) Today's parable bothers me. In the story, debtors and those incurring the king's displeasure could suffer enslavement, imprisonment, or torture. Perhaps these were common themes in Jesus' time. Harsh treatment is also common today. We jail people who cannot pay bail, detain refugees fleeing danger, and haggle over medical treatment for … Continue reading October 29, 2017