Election Day, 2020

Dear Siblings in Christ:Take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Take another deep breath. Let that one out slowly, too.“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,Courage to change the things I can,And Wisdom to know the difference.” This is one of those prayers I say almost every day. Some version of it was originally written by The Reverend Reinhold Niebuhr. He stood squarely in the middle of those he considered to be unrealistically dependent on a shallow and narrow interpretation of scripture and those he considered to be unrealistically hopeful about human nature. … Continue reading Election Day, 2020

A prayer for this morning…

Dear God: We feel dizzy from holding our collective breath. There are uncertain words hanging in the air like smoke. We cannot avoid them. They color everything we see. Help us take this moment to rest in you; to re-center ourselves; to hear you whisper words of hope and comfort in our ears. Help us to rest in you; to trust your love for us in the middle of hardships and heartaches; to cry on your shoulder; to pound our fists with grief and rage. Help us to rest in you; to feel your presence; to feel your strength; to … Continue reading A prayer for this morning…

The Sacredness of Voting

From the September Issue of PNCUCC News: I was 26 years old and living in Dayton, Ohio when I met Kelvin Sauls. Kelvin was from South Africa and attending school at United Theological Seminary. During the time I knew him in the early 1990s, South Africa was going through an amazing, tumultuous time. The freedom struggle was at a fever pitch. Nelson Mandela was freed from prison. All races were getting ready to vote in a general election for the first time. It seemed as though the whole country could either enter a new multiracial era or explode into violence … Continue reading The Sacredness of Voting

Early morning reflection on Exodus 16:2-15

I’m trying something new. These are once in a while reflections on the scripture of the coming week that I’ll put out and share. You are free to share them and use them for any church setting. You are also welcomed – but not required – to go to http://www.pncucc.org and make a donation to the Pacific Northwest Conference by clicking on the Donate button and giving to Friends of the Conference. Thanks! Continue reading Early morning reflection on Exodus 16:2-15