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What do you think of when you think of being “comfortable?”

Thinking of being comfortable . . . Perhaps it is having enough money to do what you want instead of having to watch a monthly budget. Or, it could mean physical comfort - like nothing hurts. Or the space you are residing in is just the right temperature. The mattress...

The best “place” ever!

Hospitality has never really been my “gift.” If you were to come to my home to stay, you’d be lucky if I remembered to grab you a towel from the closet, and although I’d try, quality of food would be “hit and miss.” Sometimes there’s a TON and other times, it’s...

Will there be “rooms” (literally) for us in heaven?

So often the scriptures that have shaped our understanding of what happens when we die, heaven, hell, and eternal life have been interpreted by us very literally. Therefore when we try to approach these concepts with our human understanding, we often miss the bigger...

Diapers, Baby Food, and Maggots

Do you ever get frustrated or angry with yourself when you can’t do something that you think you should be able to do? When I worked as an elementary education teacher I met some really great friends that formed a “Mom’s Group.” We were all expecting our children at...

You Can Do Anything If You Put Your Mind To It

I was attending a funeral with some clergy friends. During the “congregational singing” (where everyone at the service sang together) we stood and one of my friends and I shared a hymnal (the book with all the songs). The song began, and I began singing. But after a...

Pathways from the Past or Pathways to Peace?

Years ago a woman shared with me how horrific her childhood was. The abuse she’d suffered from her mom. Years of being told what a disappointment she was, being compared to friends, being told how she would “never amount to anything.” I didn’t know the woman very well...

Really, REALLY Thirsty!

What is the thirstiest you’ve ever been? On our first trip to Uganda, Pastor Geoffrey didn’t know what to expect. Nor did we. The flights to get to Uganda literally take 24 hours by the time you fly into different airports, have layovers, change planes. We’d been...

Paradise

So many times, religious people get caught up in “who’s in” and “who’s out” regarding heaven/the Kingdom of God. Instead of focusing on our own lives, our own sin, there is a tendency to do a lot of finger-pointing. We mask it under the auspice of “caring about...

The Wanted, Yet Unasked For, Gift

Recently I was privileged to watch a husband/wife in the middle of a conversation. It was a pretty random conversation with some friends, they were talking about music, and she made the remark, “You know those old school record players? Like when we were kids? I’ve...

Last Words are Important Words

What we say reveals what is in our hearts. You’ve heard that, right? That whatever words we say reveals what our hearts are made of? It’s a scary concept sometimes, but it also is true. None of us are perfect, and I for one know that sometimes what comes out of my...

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