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Deacon’s Dismissal

Christmas blessings

Wishing you every blessing of the Christmas Season. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Josh

Gifts

The Christmas gifts my grandmother gave me disappointed me when I was a boy. Yet, on my desk to this day are her gifts: my grandfather’s pen, inkwell and brass dragon paperweight. They are still here, long after the toy trucks and model trains were set aside. I will be with my granddaughter Charlotte this…

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Geology

Pete was from Abilene, Texas. He was an oilman, a friend and mentor to me. Among the many bits of wisdom that Pete imparted to me: “Never get to believing your own geology.” This saying comes from the oilfields of west Texas where a man once studied the geological formations of a particular place and…

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Cult

A friend told me a cult had moved in a few doors from her house, 6 or 7 young men and women. Early every morning a man drove them away and brought them back late at night. They wore identical black pants and white shirts. How strange! Who knew where they went or what they…

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Chips

I stopped for gas and went in to pay. At the register there was a rack of chips, each bag emblazoned: NEW FLAVOR! I asked the young lady at the register, “These any good?” “Don’t know. They’re $1.49 for that teeny bag. I can’t buy chips that cost like that.” “Well,” I said,” I’ll take…

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Kenny

Last Saturday, I went to an artist’s reception for a fine photographer and deacon in the diocese, Lydia Bailey. There were fifty of her photographs of residents of 2100 Lakeside, the men’s homeless shelter where Lydia works. One photograph is of a man named Kenny whom I know well from my Fridays at 2100. A…

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I marveled

My father’s mother was Sarah Grace. She was 71 years old when I was born and lived a quarter of a century more. She traveled some, twice to the Holy Lands and to Europe and to most of this country. Her report of what she had done on her travels: “I marveled.” As I learned,…

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Call

Bishop Bowman, speaking last Saturday at Ministry Discernment Day, said there are three kinds of call. “Call” is a churchy word for the action of the Holy Spirit who beckons us to be God’s people in the world, whether as lay or ordained. I do not remember Bishop Bowman’s first two kinds of call, but…

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Lightning Rods

When I was a boy, a man came to our farm to put lightning rods on the barn. My dad tried to explain to me why we needed lightning rods, and what might happen when the thunderstorm came. I saw lightning hit that barn, a great bolt of white energy that dissipated through those heavy…

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Visitors

After a Sunday service I went to visit a man who lives with five other men in an assisted living home. Some of them have family and friends and Sunday is visiting day. I brought my friend the Sunday paper, a magazine and a few personal items. He thanked me. We sat in his room…

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