Monthly Archives: February 2021

Lift

I can’t remember how I used to feel. I don’t anymore have the amazed vitality of suddenly seeing; I only remember that it happened. Now I am trudging. I think “Don’t publish that. No one needs to read that.” But … Continue reading

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The Sunlit Uplands

Yes, we have sinned against God in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. No matter how we try, we can’t seem to give it up. But don’t worry! God saw … Continue reading

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Wrong Place

We were sent our ashes in the mail, in a tiny plastic pouch that we were instructed to snip open. I didn’t open mine, and I didn’t put them on my forehead. Short-timer. Clock-watcher. That’s me. And I have a … Continue reading

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Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God of all the nations of the earth, giver of all good gifts, whom to know is perfect peace, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,You’re my excuseYou’re my hall passYou’re my diversionYou’re my self-indulgenceYou’re my … Continue reading

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Quiet Room

When my father died, the top of my head came off and vitality rushed in. My dad was the last in a long line of family deaths, five in nine years. Only one was a heartbreaker, and she was the … Continue reading

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Performance Review

I contracted for a few years at a company that used a ranking of 1 to 5 in its annual performance reviews. The review form had multiple sections, and each section contained multiple questions, so by the time you’d finished analyzing … Continue reading

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The Church of What’s Next

The social justice churn and rhetoric that I read on Facebook and Twitter remind me of the 1970s and 80s. Nothing is new except the catchphrases: then, racial prejudice; now, whiteness. Then: sex discrimination; now, LGBTQIA rights. I can name … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal, Part 1

You know how people say they hate pews? They think that a bold, fresh outlook employing flexible seating and maybe slapping the altar against the north or south wall will announce to an eager world that there’s new life in … Continue reading

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