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Letting the Light of Easter In

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  As we wrap up and wind down this first week after Easter, I want to offer an invitation to you from Pastor Steve Cuss.   I recently heard him describe what he calls “Life Giving List”.   The instructions are to come up with the range of activities that fill you with life/energy/cause your soul to stir/embraced by goodness.   These can be things that take just a few minutes or need several days.   There may be no cost, or you might need to save your pennies.   Pastor Cuss says you need to be very concrete about what is life giving to you, intentionally take time for these activities, and that in those moments you are worshipping God.   Here are some examples from my life-giving list: Hiking with a camera in my hand, out in nature, preferably where there is no cell tower so I can be offline.   Cost might be a tank of gas. Walking with my wife at night around our neighborhood, processing our day, living our wedding vows to comfort and support each other.   Cost might be a new pair

Letting the Light of Easter In

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  As we cross the threshold into Thursday, pause with me. Start with exhaling all that you have been holding this week, then into that empty space let in the breath of God. Be with me in this moment with all its beauty and brokenness; with all it celebrations and concerns.   With its befuddling faithfulness. This series of morning meditations was inspired by the work of Richard Rohr.   He talks about what he calls the Cosmic Egg. No, this is not some dish you can order at a local farm to table restaurant.   Nor is it a recipe for you to use up those hard-boiled Easter Eggs from Sunday.   It is a symbolic, Easter-inspired, image for you and me.   Rohr says at the center of the cosmic egg is you.   You are like the yoke of an egg.   You are full of the building blocks of life.   Not just in random order, but crafted, created, loved into being by God.   The white part of the egg is known as “our story”.   This refers to the people you connect to and find meaning alongside.   Y

Letting In the Light of Easter

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  At some point in our education, we heard the wisdom from the Ancient Greeks, “Know thyself.”   Did you know that is the first of three maxims that are inscribed outside the Temple of Apollo?   The other two, because I know you are curious, were: “nothing in excess” and “surety brings ruin”.   Suddenly you might realize why the other two maxims never quite caught on in our current climate.   But we are fascinated by trying to know ourselves.   Exhibit A of evidence for this is the “Self-help” section of any library has pages upon pages of words devoted to this topic.   Exhibit B are podcasts produced every day for you to living your best life every where you thrive.   Exhibit C is just Google “how to know yourself” and in less than a second there are almost two billion possible responses and results for you to view.   So, you know, feel free to look over those at lunch! The quest to know ourselves is endless and eternal.   Actually starts at a young age.   I remember moments when on

Letting the Easter Light In

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  God’s grace and love enfold and hold you.   How is the sacred, scientific experiment of exploring your life going?   What insights or ideas did you discover as you held the question, “What is it like to be you?” yesterday?   What might be breaking forth this morning as we return to this inquiry right now?   This question gets to me in such a profound way.   I feel it right in my gut. This is a holy question as we are all living through how to emerge from the COVID cocoon of the last year.   For some of you, you are ready to break, burst out of that cocoon like a butterfly and take flight to somewhere, anywhere than the four walls that you have been staring at the last twelve plus months. For others of you, there is still this twinge of uncertainty. What really is safe, even after I have my vaccine?   Why can’t the CDC send me a personalized scientist to guide me through every decision each day?   Has Apple developed an app for that yet I can put on my phone? For still other

Letting the Easter Light In

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The Melody of Lent

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 As we center our hearts for this Holy Friday, when we stand/kneel beneath the cross of Jesus, let these words of Richard Rohr sink/stir in your soul: Today the primary human problem is both revealed and resolved. It is indeed a “good” Friday. What is revealed is our human inclination to kill others, in any multitude of ways, instead of dying to ourselves—to our own illusions, pretenses, narcissism, and self-defeating behaviors. Jesus dies “for” us not in the sense of “a substitute for us” but “in solidarity with” the suffering of all humanity since the beginning of time!  I invite you to lean in and listen to the beautiful Spiritual, He Never Said a Mumblin' Word.  Let its mournful melody and profound preaching invite you in the sacredness of God in solidarity with our suffering.   Prayer: Beneath the Cross of Jesus, we take our stand, guide our feet and hold our hands.  Let our mumbling words today, O God, give voice to the ways You meet us in the messiness of life.  Let Your lov

The Melody of Lent

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  Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me Abide with me, abide with me. Today is Maundy Thursday.   Maundy, like “Abide”, is not exactly a word we use a lot.   Okay, honestly, we don’t use it at all.   When was the last time you said this word in a causal conversation?   Maundy means commandment.   At the Last Supper, Jesus gives the commandment to love.   The fact that Jesus is talking to his friends, the disciples, about love isn’t all that surprising.   But, consider that these so-called, “friends” are about to desert, deny, and betray him.   Talk about actions that are the exact opposite of love.   Jesus preaches and teaches about love and the very next moment the disciples leave skid marks in the sand running away from Jesus or turning him into the authorities. With friends like that…who needs enemies? Jesus didn’t j