Read it again!

It’s always intrigued me – our thirst for stories… “Read it again, Mommy!” “Tell it again, Daddy!” Children demand to be read the same books – over and over. They ask for the same stories, again and again. There was a stretch when my own kids were small that they insisted we read the same three books. Every night. Without fail. For months on end. (I’m pretty sure I could still recite Goodnight, Moon at the drop …

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Tell us Mary, Exactly What Did You Know? (Cassandra Millis)

While we celebrate the third week of Advent, many of the students among us are in a far less joyous state: finals week. While we deck the halls with boughs of holly, they race the halls backs bowed, Heads in a book from one test to another. Tis the season to be stressed out. They have holly, jolly, crippling anxiety. Too many Christmas puns? While they face questions about molecular…

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Greater

“For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!" Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest.” Luke 22:22-24 These three sentences are such a brilliant glimpse into the human condition we all live with every day…

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O Gates!

*Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.* It is probably not the best thing to admit today, the day that I will be standing before the entire Presbytery for…

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Praise God Always

Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11(NRSV) 1  Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 2  The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3  He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. 4  He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 5  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his …

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