Who and Whose Are You?

We were pondering a pretty deep set of human needs and anxieties today. We crave to be truly known, named, and loved.  Some of us get a taste of it in our homes, from our families, growing up securely known, named, and loved. Some of us find a partner, a spouse, who passionately knows, names, and loves us. Often people find it in church, where they are faithfully known, named, and loved. All of us could use more of it, and many of us are losing some of the people who gave it to us, through mobility, morbidity, and mortality.

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Not Necessarily

ollaig na mBan – “Women’s Christmas” – is a great Gaelic tradition.  How will you take a Sabbath rest after the busyness of the season, at the beginning of a new year? Can you repent, and do less?  I confessed that I use ‘the barrel’ on this ‘Low Sunday’, when ‘nobody ever comes, anyhow’.  That’s what preachers call their collection of old used sermon notes – in my case, exposed online here.

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Simeon, Anna & Us

What if we could hear people into voice, or see them into visibility?  What if we could participate in a ministry of encouragement, evoking and inviting gifts borne by people dismissed by our world for being too young or too old, or too something else.  They say you can’t be too rich, tall, thin, and blonde.  Can you?

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