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Deacon’s Dismissal

Postcards

He lived at the shelter, on and off. He told me, “I never get mail except from the government. I never once got a Christmas card in the mail that I can remember.” So I set about sending him postcards. I might have sent a dozen over several months but I never heard back and…

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Pillars of Creation

The Hubble Space Telescope is 25 years old! Hubble recently re-photographed one of its early, iconic images, the immense “Pillars of Creation.” [See the images] These are gaseous formations where stars are birthed. I am in awe of images so beautiful, so unearthly. There, 6500 light-years distant, in vast clouds of dust and gas, I…

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Resolutions

I have a New Year’s Resolution. It came about as I went through old files and found resolutions made long ago by my three sons. The resolutions were written in restaurants on paper placements. In one year, son Joseph resolved to become a Ninja. Charles wanted to be a champion skateboarder. Henry wanted to conquer…

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Reminder

He lived alone, in a small house. It was a few days before Christmas. All around the living room were piles of shirts with the straight pins still in them. There were new pants, neatly stacked, winter coats, sweat shirts and laundry baskets of new socks. I thought him a hoarder but he told me,…

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Betty

I have been to Nashville. There, I visited President Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage. I bought two post cards. One is a portrait of Andrew Jackson, astride his white horse, looking presidential. On the back of the postcard is the horse’s name: “Sam Patch.” The other postcard is a photograph, taken in 1867, two years…

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Anywhere

A man in a wheelchair rolled slowly downhill in the middle of a busy road. Traffic in both directions moved past him. Some honked, some slowed and rolled down their windows: “You OK?” “You’re gonna get hit!” The man did not respond. At the bottom of the hill, his chair came to a stop and…

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Shearing

Years ago, in the sheep barn at a county fair, I saw a dozen men compete to be the fastest to sheer a sheep. They had electric shears. Each man worked rapidly, holding the animal to the floor. The heavy wool rolled off in dense, thick mats. When the sheep came to its feet, there…

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Mattress

Her name is Barbara. She moved out of the apartment next to mine a few weeks ago. She could not make the rent. The landlord came by several times and I overheard: “I’ll get caught up soon. Just a few more weeks.” I helped Barbara move in a year ago. She and her sister were…

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Bird

There is bird loose inside a nearby grocery store. It is a small, dark bird, flapping and flittering about in the rafters, crouching on the ledge of the clerestory window and peering out at the world. I remark to other shoppers about the bird and ask: “How did it get into the store?” A young…

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Never alone

I write this on Wednesday, November 12th, the 4th anniversary of my ordination to the diaconate. For three and a half years, I have worshipped with you. My ministries take me into the world as I visit prisoners and homeless men. One of the wonders of God’s church is that we never go into the…

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