Poem for a Tuesday — “Daybreak” by Galway Kinnell “On the tidal mud, just before sunset,dozens of starfisheswere creeping. It wasas though the mud were a skyand enormous, imperfect starsmoved across it as slowlyas the actual stars cross heaven.All at once they stopped,and, as if they had simplyincreased their receptivityto gravity, they sank downinto the … Continue reading Daybreak

“Beyond the Dead End”

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Beyond the Dead End” Acts 16:6-15 We can imagine the Apostle Paul’s disappointment. The Jerusalem Council blessed his mission to the Gentiles. He left Antioch with big plans: to revisit the churches he had planted on his last missionary journey and then push on into new territory. But 750 miles into … Continue reading “Beyond the Dead End”

Out of Bounds

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Out of Bounds” Acts 11:1-18 Canadians were shocked last May by the news of unmarked graves at residential schools. 215 graves of indigenous children were found at the Kamloops Indian School in British Colombia.  A few weeks later, 751 graves were discovered at a residential school in Saskatchewan.   Those schools were … Continue reading Out of Bounds

From Sheep to Shepherd

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “From Sheep to Shepherd” Acts 9:36-43 The noise was deafening.  Widows of every age surrounded me.  Some cast back their heads in ululation.  Others sobbed in lament.  Some pressed upon me the work of her hands, pointing to a finely woven flax tunic, a weighty woolen shawl, or the fine tracery … Continue reading From Sheep to Shepherd

Fed, Forgiven, Sent

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Fed, Forgiven, Sent” John 21:1-19 “Feed My Sheep” —Mary Baker Eddy Shepherd, show me how to go “O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow— How to feed Thy sheep; I will listen for Thy voice, Lest my footsteps stray; I will follow and rejoice All the rugged way. … Continue reading Fed, Forgiven, Sent

Reaching Out in New Ways

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making all things new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” —Revelation 21:5 We’re not the same.  My church, like just about everything else, has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s more than taking a break from congregational … Continue reading Reaching Out in New Ways

An Idle Tale

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “An Idle Tale” Luke 24:1-12 I was warned when I first came to Saranac Lake that I should NOT expect a full church on Easter.  At the other three churches that I have served, Easter Sunday is a lot like Christmas Eve with people sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, belting out beloved hymns, and … Continue reading An Idle Tale


Matthew 26: 17-30, 36-46 April 24th is the Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide.  Beginning in 1915, inspired by nationalism and government scapegoating, Ottoman Turks drove ethnic Armenians from their homes and massacred them. Outside observers at the time described what was happening as “a massacre like none other,” “a massacre that changes the … Continue reading “Sloth”


Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Greed” John 12:1-8 Monsignor Charles Pope leads a weekly Bible Study at the White House for President Biden.  In more than thirty years of parish ministry, Charles Pope has spent a lot of time in the confessional, hearing sins and prescribing penance.  Father Pope says that greed is the most under-reported … Continue reading Greed


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