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A First Resort

I wonder, if we asked God to make a pie chart of the prayers He hears, how big would the slice be for the requests for healing?  I imagine it would be a pretty hefty slice. When Richard called for all the survivors of cancer to come to the altar and surround one of our…

On the Road Again

I’ve been in my car a lot this week–more than usual, I think, as there are lots of errands to run and places to be right now.  So I’m listening to the radio all the time; there are lots of songs, I’m noticing, about one’s path in life:  “Bless the Broken Road,” “Every Day Is…

When All Else Fails

I have a special place in my heart for Hannah.  Very often, when I’ve exhausted all I can do to correct a situation, find peace with a predicament, or move fate along its path faster, I turn to Hannah’s story for comfort.  Like a security blanket, if you will. Hannah’s story begins with a broken…

A Prayer for a New Year

Here we are again!  A New Year!  Thank GOODNESS, amirite??  2016 has been famously (infamously?) difficult, bringing deaths of beloved celebrities, hotly contested elections, destructive fires, and continuing terrorism.  Sounds bleak, no?  Consider that there is nothing new under the sun, though, and see how King David dealt with a particularly upsetting situation: It came…

The Power of Prayer Without Words

Every now and again, life can throw you for a loop.  I think we can all agree on that truth.  Those times that life is particularly hard to handle, when fate seems to have thrown every possible obstacle in our paths, when circumstances seem insurmountable, and we don’t even know where to begin to ask for…

Abram Asks, God Answers

This week, I chose to take a look at the dialogues between Abraham, or Abram, as he’s still known in the scripture I studied for this blog, to see how he and God communicated.  The first thought I had about their conversations is that there are a LOT of them; God and Abram were in…

A Prayerful Journey

Does it seem to you that there are lots of things happening in our church family lately?  Big things?  Some good–births!  Weddings!  Some bad–cancer diagnoses… illnesses… losses…. Does it seem to you, too, that you’d like to be of service in some way to these families that are hurting?  Same.  And I found myself thinking…

A Tree Grows in Herrin

This week, I planted a Southern Magnolia tree in my backyard.  Or, rather, my dad planted it whilst I supervised–but I’m in charge of it now, and it’s receiving its recommended daily allowance of sun, water, and something called Root Stimulator that I bought for $6.98 at Plantscape Nursery in the abject hope that I…

On Mysteries, Solved and Unsolved

I’ve had Netflix for several years now, and have worked my way, oddly, through a number of mystery series–as in, murder mysteries–which really never were my thing until lately.  Behold the list:  Bloodline, How to Get Away With Murder, Sherlock, Luther, Happy Valley, Wallander, Dexter, House of Cards, Hinterland, Broadchurch, The Fall, Miss Fisher’s Murder…

In Your Easter Bonnet

Today is Easter!  As holidays go in our church, this is one of the Big Ones.  Church-goers can tell immediately on days like today that it’s a special day–the crowds are bigger in the Sunday school classes… the seats are more crowded in the sanctuary… people are dressed a little more spiffily than usual… there are song…