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The Word is Very Near You

God, nudge me out of analysis paralysis when it comes to knowing what you want me to do, and then acting on it. You have said it’s not too hard. I’m taking you at your word. Amen.


Tick Tock

We work hard at getting and keeping what we’ve got at any cost. Sometimes we’re so focused on doing things right that we forget to do the right thing


Dancing

The rain bucketed down, an unwelcome sight at summer camp on a Thursday afternoon. Campers and counselors alike watched it sadly from beneath streaming roofs.


When Works Don’t Work

Perhaps you sometimes work your faith to the bone. Perhaps you sometimes work-love yourself into exhaustion. And maybe you wonder what difference it all makes.


Small, Strange Miracles

Miraculous things can happen when spiritual communities are on the move. People take a chance—to lend an ax-head, to rent a theater, to extend kindness that makes life livable.


We Choose Prayer

When you feed the hungry, you feed the soul. Serving a meal without a prayer feels as ridiculous as serving soup without a spoon. So we keep praying at meals.


Burn

You would do well to know the difference between being consumed and being afire. Burn for God’s message in you. 


The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything

Some of the most important things in life happen not with another victory, but with a surrender. Like letting ourselves be loved. 


Body Talk

I feel the tiredness all in my body. Perhaps my body is calling me back to myself. To slow down and take notice. To breathe into those places that are painfully holding on to tension.


Religious Liberty is Neither

If Jesus served and was served by people of different faith, values and customs, we are called to do likewise.