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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Blessed are the Peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 It’s one of Jesus’s most essential teachings. Many of us know it by heart.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” But if we were to ask the man or woman on the street what a “peacemaker” is, we might…

“To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian”

Poem for a Tuesday — Ross Gay “To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian” Tumbling through thecity in mymind without oncelooking upthe racket inthe lugwork probablyrehearsing somestupid thing Isaid or didsome crime orother the city theysay is a lonelyplace until yesthe sound of sweepingand a womanyes with abroom beneathwhich you are nowtoo the canopyof…

My Beloved

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “My Beloved” Matthew 3:13-17 Researchers have found that the most important thing we can do to have healthy, happy, caring children is to love them.  Brain scans conducted over time at Washington University in St. Louis indicate that children with loving and supportive parents experience greater growth in the hippocampus.  That’s…

New Year, New Verse, New You?

Sabbath Day Thoughts On this New Year’s Day, I invite us to celebrate the birth of Christ and ponder his calling for our lives with some of my favorite poems of this season. Susan Elizabeth Howe is a poet, playwright, and editor. Her poems have a keen attention to ordinary details that hint toward sacred…

For All People

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “For All People” Luke 2:8-20 Zuph was crying again. The poor boy.  His silent mouth was slack and open. Every so often, he would draw a deep shuddering breath.  His eyes brimmed with tears which spilled down his cheeks and fell onto his tunic.  Zupf had been with me for a…

God Is with Us

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God is with us.” – Matthew 1:23 The first time I saw Mary, she was a still a girl, walking with a water jar perfectly balanced on top of her head.  She walked with grace and purpose, as…

December Moon

Poem for a Tuesday — “December Moon” by May Sarton Before going to bedAfter a fall of snowI look out on the fieldShining there in the moonlightSo calm, untouched and whiteSnow silence fills my headAfter I leave the window. Hours later near dawnWhen I look down againThe whole landscape has changedThe perfect surface goneCriss-crossed and…

Not What You Expected

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “Not What You Expected” Matthew 11:2-12 On a high bluff rising 3,500 feet above the surrounding desert, sixteen miles southeast of where the Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, stood the hilltop fortress of Machaerus.  In the year 40BC, Herod the Great saw the strategic importance of the site.  From…

The Promise of Peace

Sabbath Day Thoughts — “The Promise of Peace” Isaiah 11:1-9 On this second Sunday in Advent, we light the candle of peace.  Yet peace feels hard to come by this year. Tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula as Kim Jong Un escalates weapons testing and the South responds with further sanctions. In Ukraine, as…

Testimony

Poem for a Tuesday — “Testimony” by Jane Flanders This is how death came to the old tree: in a cold bolt, a single thrust from a cloud, in a tearing away of bark and limbs, a piercing of much that was necessary. We had no choice then but to cut it down–a pine of…

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