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Father of the Seas

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Father of the Seas” Job 38:1-18 We live in a watery world.  70% of our planet is covered by ocean.  So important are the seas for the existence of life on earth that they are sometimes called the lifeblood or the lungs of the planet. All life depends upon the water … Continue reading Father of the Seas

Mercy, Me!

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Mercy, Me!” 1 Tim. 1:12-17 Oren Kalisman grew up with Muslim neighbors he never met.  In fact, as a Jewish child growing up in the Galilee, Oren’s only childhood memory of interacting with a Muslim neighbor was when his mother stopped to give a ride to an old man, hitchhiking on … Continue reading Mercy, Me!

To a Milkweed

Poem for a Thursday — “To a Milkweed” by Deborah Digges Teach me to love what I’ve made and judgment in that love. Teach me your arrogance. With each five-petaled horned flower teach me how much blossoming matters along roadsides, dry- beds, these fields no longer cleared. Teach me such patience at each turning, how … Continue reading To a Milkweed

Walk Gently

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” — Matt. 6:28-30 Earlier this year, we viewed “The Pollinators” at church. The documentary chronicles the lives of beekeepers who ensure that America’s orchards … Continue reading Walk Gently

Before Dark

Poem for a Tuesday — “Before Dark” by Wendell Berry “From the porch at dusk I watched a kingfisher wild in flight he could only have made for joy. He came down the river, splashing against the water’s dimming face like a skipped rock, passing on down out of sight. And still I could hear … Continue reading Before Dark

Friends in Low Places

Sabbath Day Thoughts — Luke 14:1, 7-14 A number of years ago, I invited Michael, a local homeless man, to come share Easter dinner with me and Duane.  Michael had worshipped with us some and even tried singing in the choir, sweating copiously in his blue choir robe and sometimes playing his African drum for … Continue reading Friends in Low Places

Bent Over

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Bent Over” Luke 13:10-17 It was the best sermon I had ever heard.  Shall I start with the voice?  Rich and melodic, captivating.  Within moments, I felt as if I had known him all my life.  He read the Torah with such love, as if he were feasting on every word.  … Continue reading Bent Over

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