Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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Come & See - 03/23/2018

Although Scripture does not explicitly say so I’ve always had the impression that God is lonely. When God divides the light from the darkness, pulls lands from the sea, makes sea monsters and every living thing, God must be almost more lonely than when the earth was still a formless void. With all of the beauty in the world, who is there to share it with? So, God creates people out of the desire to be known. Maybe its part of being made in God’s image that we are born stamped with this longing too. We sing, dance, build, walk across the Appalachian trail looking, if not for God then for completeness. As we search we find that almost everything beautiful has some loneliness in it too –

Believing To See - 03/16/2018

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass While piling grocery bags into the car with my mother many years ago, a breeze with that smell of dirt and rust that signals a gathering storm picked up and pushed the empty carts around the parking lot. All the ride home the sky darkened, leaves turned over and shuddered and far away lightning danced out in the cornfields of South Jersey. When we turned the cor

Bending The Rules - 03/09/2018

The official position of the Episcopal Church is that only baptized Christians should be invited to receive Holy Communion. If you’re put off by this kind of exclusion let me remind you that it’s still a pretty generous invitation. After all, in the Roman Catholic Church only Roman Catholics are invited to communion. Even so, an old church friend of mine wasn’t having it this week when I tried to explain. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke say Jesus shared his last meal with the twelve apostles, his inner circle, who made a decision to leave their old lives and follow him. Because of this, the church traditionally understands Jesus to have taken the bread and said, “Take and eat; t

Come And See - 03/02/2018

With countless Christmas pageants under my belt I’ve never even seen one with a flesh and blood baby Jesus until this last Christmas when two month old Khalessi, daughter of Jennifer who is one of Grace’s Sunday School teachers, starred in ours. Pageant rehearsal was the same two Advil, garland-halo-Frisbee tournament it’s always been till towards the end at Khalessi’s arrival. When the kids saw her the mood in the room switched from hilarity to curiosity and adoration. It was just the way the first nativity must have been with the first Jesus. The kids were fascinated with her tiny fingers and her dreamy eyes that were not yet developed enough to take anything in except the shapes of them;

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