Truth and Justice

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note! Search its squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth—so that I may pardon Jerusalem (Jeremiah 5:1) Superman’s motto was, for many years, “Truth, justice, and the American way.” Millions of American youth, including me, grew up with the notion that, if truth and justice were not the same thing a…

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Hold Our Hand

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” These first words of Psalm 27 reminded me of an experience I used to have now and again when my kids were small. See if this sounds at all familiar to you… We would find ourselves, on occasion, in situations that one or more of the kids found a little unsettling. Perhaps waiti…

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You Can't Kill Off A Main Character

I found myself in a vicious cycle last night. I was watching a show which continuously ended on a cliff-hanger, and worse for me, a scary one. I didn’t want to go to sleep until the show had a happy resolution so I wouldn’t have nightmares. (I turn 28 in a couple weeks, maybe I’ll be a grow-up then.) So finally, just before 3 am the show came to the very happy conclusion… of killing the main charact…

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Juggling Act

I will extol you, my God and King,           and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you,           and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;           his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:1-3 If you’re anything like me, there is a general sense of busyness in your day-to-day life. A feeling that if you stop moving, something will surely go undone. I suppos…

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Witness

Today's lectionary wrapped up a story that got started over the weekend, one that I'm sure we're all reasonably familiar with. Jesus has continued his journey through the country of Samaria, which was typically frowned upon by the Jewish people. To say that the Samaritans and the Jews didn't get along would be understating it. They had some real personal issues. So typically Jews would travel…

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