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Deacon’s Dismissal

Amaryllis

These cold days I rise early, fetch the amaryllis from its warm night-place, set it in the east window and wait for the morning sun to break the horizon-line. The amaryllis has one stem of wilted petals but another stem has come into bloom. Whichever way I set the pot, the flowers turn to face…

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Traveling

Our Gospel lesson for last Sunday (Mt 4:12-23) has Jesus traveling about: “Jesus withdrew to Galilee … left Nazareth … walked by the Sea of Galilee … went from there … went throughout Galilee.” Our Lord, always on the move! Deacons follow Jesus’ example of moving about. In the year ahead, some Sundays will find…

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Fellowship

Once a week I go to the men’s homeless shelter in Cleveland. The address is 2100 Lakeside. It is run by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry and is known simply as “2100.” Over 300 hundred homeless men stay there every night and you may be sure that today it was one cold wait, lined up at…

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Bible study

Every Tuesday morning I went to group Bible study in the rector’s office. Each time, we would study one chapter, read it aloud, discuss and sometimes argue, always learning and enjoying. But I was baffled that each chapter was typed out and photocopied. I raised my hand. “Why is this typed? Wouldn’t it be easier,…

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Dignity

For about a year I went weekly to the Phyllis Zumkehr Clothing Center in Ravenna. I was a volunteer and new to the scene. The Clothing Center is set up like a store with used clothes on racks – pants and shirts, dresses and sweats, suits and baby onesies. Folks come from miles around, pick…

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Go forth

Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit! Josh

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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