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Posts from January 2021

Roller Coaster

Whew, can you believe January is almost over? (tomorrow!) This month has gone by so quickly and been such a roller coaster. We had hoped 2021 would bring more of a lazy river vibe, but, nope, roller-coaster still here. I just now wondered, does anyone else think life is like a roller coaster? So I…

Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed

The GGCC Men’s Group is currently reading and discussing the book, Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed, by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic monk of the Benedictine Order.  In the book, Brother David walks us through each clause of the Apostles’ Creed, asking a few basic questions, such as What does this really mean?, How…

Random Thoughts

As I looked out the window this morning, taking in the beautiful colors of the sunrise, I thought about what I am most thankful for today. Since I was up earlier than usual to get into my weekly volunteer gig at Project Angel Heart, that of course, was the answer. Today, I’m most grateful to…

Light

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A couple decades ago one of my dear friends and mentors, psychologist Dr. Jack Stark, recommended I read the book, “Man’s [Women’s/Humanity’s] Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. Frankl himself was a psychiatrist who survived the Nazi death camps. The common thread that Frankl found in each survivor was…

St. Theresa’s Prayer

May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be…

Sunday to Monday | Casting and Mending

Sunday’s worship was focused on Mark 1:14-20, the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus invites some fishermen to follow him. Two were casting their nets and two were mending their nets. It’s a model for us – we cast (reach out, listen, share the Good News) and we mend (rest, take…

Here Comes God’s Kingdom

One thing in technology I am grateful for is the online Bible resource that allows me to read a passage in several translations at once. It helps me lean into to what Jesus is saying. Or, hear it in a new way. Take Mark 1:15 for example. It’s Jesus’ first sermon and even though just a…

Rose Gardens

As we struggle to deal with this pandemic, I’ve heard more than a few people asking the question, “Where is God in all this.”  On some level, I suppose it’s human nature to ask what the hell is going on when times get tough and uncertain.  After all, God didn’t give us much of an…

Prayer for Our Country

My prayer for 1/20/2021, Inauguration Day, was for a peaceful transition of power in our country. No one can deny the political  divisiveness and extreme turmoil in government we have experienced in recent time. We also have faced a health crisis like none other seen in our lifetime. God is speaking to me, am I…

Words of Peace

Dear Peacemakers, May our world, nation, state, city, home, and heart receive God’s peace. In ”Legends of Our Time,” Elie Wiesel writes, ”Words can sometimes, in moments of grace , attain the quality of deeds.” The Noble Prize Committee made an appropriate commentary on that remark in 1985 by awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz,…