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Deacon’s Dismissal

Buddy

A young man, I landed a job in a big machine shop. I swept, cleaned and did odd jobs. An old machinist named Buddy befriended me. He worked at a steady pace but always had a few minutes to talk. Buddy sometimes let me run his lathe and no one said a word. Buddy had some…

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Oranges

I’m the greeter at the Food Pantry. I stand at the entryway and welcome each person. There’s always a line. Even children wait patiently. I bought a few bags of small, sweet oranges, took up my position at the door and, as each child came in, I gave them an orange. It is a small…

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Goldberg Variations

I heard Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the radio, then received the recordings as a gift: Glenn Gould’s “A State of Wonder – The Complete Goldberg Variations.” Gould (1932-1982) was a celebrated classical pianists and best known as an interpreter of Bach’s keyboard works. At age 23, Gould recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations with dazzling speed and…

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Silence

Alone, I find God oddly silent. Adam and Eve “…heard the sound of the LORD God walking the garden at the time of the evening breeze,” and God spoke to them, “Where are you?” God told Moses to say, “I AM has sent me.” And Elijah, hiding in cave, did not hear God in the…

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Screwdriver

One morning, in the neighborhood hardware store, I was set to buy a screwdriver, just right for a chore that day. A woman at the checkout was talking on her phone. I waited. The storekeep held out his hand, “One key, dollar seventy-eight.” Still talking, she lifted a shoulder to squeeze the phone to her…

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Packrat

I don’t know if he was a packrat but somehow an awful lot of stuff got saved … old letters, Christmas cards (“I paste over the writin’ and send ‘em out again!”) and enough ornaments for the Washington Mall. There was a stack of shoeboxes full of yellowing photographs and a half dozen busted lawnmowers…

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What is saving you today?

“What is saving you today?” That may be the best question ever asked, a question that, once in mind, is never far from your lips. Barbara Brown Taylor, a fine preacher in the Episcopal tradition, was once in a quandary … a sermon was due, it was Saturday evening, and inspiration was in short supply. She chanced…

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Huckleberry Finn

I’ve been a preacher for some years but I’m still tempted by books with tips and techniques on preaching, thick commentaries that elucidate, expound and explicate scripture, books that unpack the original Hebrew and Greek. Now, more than then, I’m with Huckleberry Finn. Huck knew a few things about getting the words just right: “I…

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Prayer Walk

After church, we gathered for a Prayer Walk, a walkabout in our church neighborhood. We walked and paused to pray and greet our neighbors. The prayer that started us on our Prayer Walk began something like this: “We can never know what or whom we will encounter or what will happen once we are beyond…

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Nothing

The man came to see someone who was not at home. The old lady bid him enter, sit and wait. She fell back into the rhythm of her day. She wiped applesauce from baby’s face, examined homework, adjusted the TV, answered the ‘phone, cleaned a spill, folded laundry, started the preparations for dinner, and looked in…

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