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Reverend Laurie's Blog - 5/8/2020

“God willing and the creek don’t rise.” The first time I heard this saying was at seminary. My Southern Baptist friend Tammy Abee said it when I told her I’d meet her for lunch. Many years later a member of the local mosque in the town where I was the Episcopal priest said it without the “creek” part for any meeting or event we planned. If I said, “I’ll see you at the church on Friday.” or “I’ll meet you at the mosque” or “Let’s talk later.” Heather’s response was always “God willing.” Recently I discovered that the Quran commands every Muslim use this phrase when speaking of future events. It doesn’t mean, “If God favors our plan.” which is how I’ve always heard it, but rather that th

Reverend Laurie's Blog - 5/1/2020

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. - Jeremiah 17:7-8 There’s an invaluable rule for offering pastoral care to anyone experiencing trauma, which means everybody in Hudson County at the moment: “Don’t unpack any bags that you won’t be able to re-pack when the conversation is over.” Over the decades I can’t count the number of times this rule has stopped me from falling off a pastoral cliff and lately, because I’ve been using it so often, I’ve

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