Sabbatical Day 7

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Today marks my first week of sabbatical and the gratitude has not stopped flowing from my heart! It has been a gift to step away from the usual day-to-day, decompress from the past six or so stressful months, and spend some time focusing on something new. But really, my focus isn’t so new. It’s what […]

A Eulogy for a Friend

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Though today is a day churning with a myriad of emotions, it is also a day that we recognize a beloved child of God and the ways she touched our lives. This is really what embracing each moment is all about, the realization that nothing is completely one thing or another – either all bad or all good. Life, the true gift of life, resonates in the tension of both/and.

The Gift of Communion

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The Road to Emmaus tells us something about who Jesus is and how the Body of Christ surpasses all space and time.

Blessings Abound

Like many congregations, we offer backpack blessings at the beginning of each new school year. This year, as I was talking to my pastor about what those would look like, he offered an idea that we could write blessings for each other. The idea quickly evolved from there and we decided to hand out tags […]

Sent in Love

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Sermon on John 13:31-35 You can listen to it HERE. One of my favorite authors is Neil Gaiman. He is world-renowned, heavily awarded, and very invested in his fans. He regularly communicates with them through interviews, websites, blogs, Q&As, etc. In one of these “Ask Neil” moments, he shares a story about a time he […]

Love Big: A Review and An Idea

Last night, or should I say, in the wee hours of the morning, I did as I do when I can’t sleep and I read an entire book. It was a book well worth the immersion because it sparked an idea that I can’t wait to get started on. First, the book and my review: […]

Same Old Story

A writing for Modern Metanoia, ADVENT 1, LUKE 21:25-36 If you have eyes, ears, and/or any kind of awareness of your surroundings, you might be like me right now. Angry. Heartbroken. On the verge of hopelessness. What the heck is wrong with our country – the (not so) United States of America? What the heck […]

God's LOVE Changes Everything

A reflection from Colter Sprague, 10th grade. Thanks to Hope’s generosity, I was able to attend the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. This was my first time to attend a youth gathering. During this week, I saw God’s love emerge in many different ways.  When we first arrived, we joined 31,000 Lutheran youth […]

God’s HOPE Changes Everything

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A reflection from Ben Miller, 10th grade. Hope. What a fascinating concept. Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness.” Being able to see the light in the dark. During the youth gathering I listened as half a dozen people stood in front of 30,000 high school students […]