Unfinished

So here it is, my final devotion as one of the pastors at Trinity. I am reminded of the moment when Jesus breathed his last upon the cross and said, “It is finished.” Except my work doesn’t feel finished.  Not really. There is so much left to do.  For me this is a real struggle as by nature I don’t like to leave things undone. When I start a project, I don’t stop until I have all the details worked out.  When I start a good book, I read it until the last page. Last year, I decided to run a half marathon and so I trained for months and kept at it…

READ MORE

Use it Well

I have heard stories through the years of people who actually wake up early in the morning and sit in their comfy chair, while drinking their cup of coffee, and reading. I have pictured it so many times in my minds eye that I can see it quite clearly. What a beautiful thought.  In my house though, when all her people are present and accounted for, this never happens. Ever. In fact, I am not sure I have sat down for over five years within the walls of my house without someone asking me a question, or requesting something that requires me to get up, or crawling not just in my lap…

READ MORE

A Prayer…

Some days it is hard to find the words. Thankfully my friend Nancy shared a beautiful prayer by Karen Ebert which now I submit for your care and consideration. It goes like this; God of colorful palette,God of broken chains, As we sit in the kaleidoscopic glow of the stained-glass, we are aware of the sameness of most of the faces which surround us.We note this as a confession, not that we have consciously turned away from those who are different from us. But it is evidence that we have not made strong enough our efforts to turn towards those, whose skin, and accent, and income, do not…

READ MORE

Finding Your Wings

Yesterday while getting ready in my room, I heard a loud crashing sound near my bedroom window. I quickly investigated only to discover my very determined cat trying to get to something he saw behind the blinds. Raising them up I discovered the source of my cat’s attention. A young bird had hopped up on the windowsill and was sitting there petrified of the gray mass of fur desperately trying to catch him. Thankfully for the bird a pane of glass separated them.  Curious I watched the bird for a while. It wasn’t long before he hopped down and wandered around in the grass. I wondered where he…

READ MORE

Breaking Through

Several years ago, Becky at my request created a bit of a lenten living lesson. The idea was to fill a plastic bowl with soil, grass seeds, rocks and a buried flower pot covered by a bigger rock. After several weeks once the grass grew, this was supposed to represent the empty tomb of Jesus on Easter. Needless to say, there wasn’t enough water and sunlight to make the grass grow and the little art experiment was placed behind the Trinity center to be cleaned up later.  As things to be done later often go, later never came. Last Sunday as I was walking up to the church…

READ MORE

Real Love

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 Today is the day known in our country as Memorial Day.  For too long, this day has been to many Americans simply a marker of the beginning of summer and little more.  But I wonder if perhaps this year, is different.  Maybe we have slowed down just long enough to consider that perhaps the day could and should mean so much more.  It was created, after all, to be a solemn day to remember the fallen soldiers…

READ MORE

Exposed

As we continue down this long and winding road, I offer this beautiful and thought provoking piece by Seminary student Sarah Bourns.   EXPOSED – By Sarah Bourns We’ve all been exposed.Not necessarily to the virus(maybe…who even knows ).We’ve all been exposed BY the virus. Corona is exposing us.Exposing our weak sides.Exposing our dark sides.Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,hidden by the invisible masks we wear.Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind. Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.Our obsession with control.Our compulsion to hoard.Our protection of self. Corona is peeling back our layers.Tearing down our walls.Revealing our illusions.Leveling…

READ MORE

Word(s)

1 In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. All that came into being came into being through him. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:1-5 I am a person who spends a lot of time with words. I do this both as a matter of vocation and passion.…

READ MORE

Flawed but Worthy

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:1-3 Our scripture reading this morning begins with an interesting command, one that I believe gives even the most confident among us pause. It begins with a plea from Paul that believers should lead a life worthy of the calling to which they have been called. How many of you feel worthy?  It feels like a trick…

READ MORE

Not Alone

J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.   No matter who we are…

READ MORE