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Deacon’s Dismissal

Dining

The lady is elegant, dressed to the nines. We are a ragtag bunch, cooking and serving a monthly Sunday meal in the parish hall for any hungry folks who might show up. She comes to every meal, but arrives as the meal is ending. We know her well and greet her warmly. As the other…

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Spare change

Standing in the checkout line at a chain pharmacy, two girls just ahead of me clutched donuts, peanuts, chips, candy bars, and a crumply five dollar bill. Their items scanned, they were 35 cents short. “You can put something back,” said the cashier. The line shuffled. The girls looked at each other. Then, good luck!…

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Chores

I had chores as a kid. I took out the trash and I cut the grass. Frequently, I was dispatched to my grandmother’s home, not far away, to adjust her TV. The same problem generally occurred at the start of Disney or Lawrence Welk. The “horizontal hold” or “vertical roll” on her black and white…

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Be of good cheer

I hereby bid 2019 a hearty “Adieu!” … that’s French … à dieu … to God! Adieu, 2019! You weren’t much fun … not the best year … sad in many ways. In the year ahead, to one and all, I will say, “Be of good cheer!” With God’s beneficence, “Be of good cheer!” will brighten the day of…

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Solstice

The sun rises late this time of year. Nine hours daylight, the sun descends, we are in darkness again. This lack of light weighs upon me, more now than once, for the workings of the world are askew, enmity is abroad, and I long for the return of light. The days will grow longer and,…

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Sweep

In my early twenties, I took a job in a machine shop. I was low man on the totem pole save for the old man who swept the floor and redd up the shop. One day, I got myself into a mess on what should have been a simple job. I felt the sidelong glances…

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U-Haul

She’d been with him 20 years but whatever fire and energy had kept them together was all but gone. On a snowy January day, she packed what was hers into a U-Haul trailer, hitched it to her old Jeep station wagon and started west toward Seattle. She had a daughter there who was none too…

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Understanding

I found a jewel in a book on preaching: “One may become a Living Parable as one’s life becomes more and more conformed to the life of Jesus, so that one’s life both instructs and puzzles the wider society. Parabolic living and witnessing to the gospel give us the power to transform to lives.”* Imagine a life where accidents…

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Museum

I sat a bench at the Cleveland Museum of Art that I might spend time, as I am wont, with the Schlagl Altarpiece. I was alone for a while until a young couple entered into the gallery. They held hands, they laughed, flirted and made their way around the room. Coming upon the Schlagl Altarpiece,…

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Garbage

I might’ve said, “Is there anything I can do to help you?” He said, “I can get the garbage out to the porch but I can’t get it to the curb.” Every Thursday morning his trash bags wait for me on his porch and I tote them to the curb. I do a pretty fair…

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