Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

For Jayden

July 2021 Losing a child is the greatest hurt in the world. Circumstances of a broken world take all kinds of tolls on children. Childhood cancer and other diseases, like Covid-19, take our children. Accidents in automobiles, on playgrounds, on … Continue reading

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Landslide

Today I was at a meeting of sojourners brainstorming about offerings we could make… in prayer… healing ministry… racial reconciliation… lectio life… and on and on to the point my head was spinning and my heart was firing up. Most … Continue reading

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If I Could Put You in My Pocket

This is a poem I wrote for my brother after he had a stroke last year. He has never seen it before. If I could put you in my pocket I would wrap you in a red snugly             And dress … Continue reading

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Fruit Bearing

The little plum tree in our back yard outdid herself this year. Hundreds and hundreds of flowers in the early spring yielded thousands of little green plums. The birds and the squirrels loved them even before they began to ripen.  … Continue reading

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Pondering the Paradox

What are we to make of the dynamic tensions of life? The either/ors? The gains/losses? Few, if any, of us are not thankful to turn the page on 2020. Stark dichotomies, paradoxes, winners and losers that mark divisions and a … Continue reading

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Wanting. Waiting.

We say we want peace. Yet we stockpile weapons,Guns. bullets.We build walls and harbor hate. Suspicions and thirst for power rob peace. We say we want joy.Yet we resist forgivenessClose our heartsWallow in self-pityHold onto old hurts.We are full up … Continue reading

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5 Days Out

As I checked out at the Food Lion today, a young Black woman checking out my order, said to me, “ I like your button.” I was wearing my “Women Vote” button. I have had 500 of them printed since … Continue reading

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Finding 50 Righteous Men

“How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave is their sin. I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I … Continue reading

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When Rancor Enters the House

My husband, Tom, writes editorials that appear in newspapers across the state. Recently he wrote two columns dealing with racial reckoning. I read them before they were published. I give thanks for the justice journey my husband is on. He … Continue reading

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September Silence: A time of prayer for the healing of the world.

September Silence: A Time of Prayer for the Healing of the World O Lord, in your mercy, hear the prayers of our hearts. Your world groans and your people weep in the sickness, fear, and disruption that envelopes us. We … Continue reading

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