Category Archives: Hope

Hope

We continue to count down to our Savior’s arrival at Christmas. Sunday we will light three candles on the Advent wreath. Many find this a joyful time. But if we are honest, our lives are not as together as our … Continue reading

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Hope and Healing

I attended the ELCA youth ministry extravaganza this week. Each January children, youth, and family leaders gather to learn, worship, and support each other. This year 1000 of us gathered in Houston, TX to prepare us for the summer youth … Continue reading

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Light and Hope

This morning as we each stumble, leap, fall, fly, or rise out of bed may we bring light. Light to the person whose trust was shattered, Light to the person whose heart is broken, Light to those who mourn, Light … Continue reading

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Why Advent?

The family had just finished decorating the Christmas tree. With the house lights off and the tree lights on, little Emma and Zach danced around the tree singing, “I can’t wait for Christmas. When will it be Christmas? I want … Continue reading

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Lost

The gym at the Y was full of laughing, playing children. Balls were bouncing. Kids and staff were talking. The room was buzzing with activity. I stopped by to say hi to Sam who was working as a counselor at … Continue reading

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Alligators, Gorillas, Shootings

“Alligators, gorillas, shootings, presidential election…omg. Nothing is safe for my children!” A friend of mine posted this on Facebook this morning. I immediately wanted to reply with some kind platitudes. But the world is way too complex. Instead I write … Continue reading

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Miracles All Around

Last week the middle and high youth went together to see the movie “Miracles from Heaven.” Based on a true story, the movie is about 5 year old Annabel Beam and her life with a painful, life-threatening digestive disease. Don’t … Continue reading

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Idol Tale?

I came home from Easter worship this week a little bit ticked off. Why didn’t those disciples believe the women when they announced that Jesus was alive? Luke’s gospel says they thought it was an idle tale. How dare they … Continue reading

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The Last Word

We love to have the last word in an argument. We cherish the last words of a dying loved one. There is power in the last word—especially Jesus’ last Word. Today we celebrate Maundy Thursday—mandate Thursday. Jesus washes the disciples’ … Continue reading

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Finding Joy

The countdown to Christmas continues. This week we light three candles on the Advent wreath.  The third candle—often pink—is called the joy candle. For anxious children three candles is good news. Only one more candle to light and then it … Continue reading

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