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Healing Waters

(Please be aware that during the season of Lent, these weekly devotions will be arriving in your inbox on Tuesdays.) I see him twice within a twenty-four hour period of time.  Each time, healing waters flow.  You might call me a crybaby.  Mea culpa.  But he has been a strong presence in my life.  I’ve…

The Saints Who Walk Among Us

In biblical Greek the word that is most commonly translated as “saint” is hagios.  Note that the word hagios is actually an adjective, not a noun.  It is a word that describes.  Its best translation is “sacred” or “holy.” In the Bible it is often used to describe God’s word … as St. Paul does,…

Heaven on Earth

It was not heaven, but it felt pretty close to me.  I fell asleep in one room (Operating Room) and woke up in different place (Recovery Room).   I woke up pain free … I experienced a sense of excitement as I tried to process what was going on around me … and I felt like…

Sunday Worship Preview – Pentecost 5

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”  (Mk. 5:36) A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman…

Christ’s Healing Makes Us Whole

Traditional Sermon Epiphany 5 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Today’s gospel passage brings back some memories from an encounter I had many years ago with some friends at church. The discussion we had not only raised some humorous questions, but also…

Epiphany 5 Preview

And Simon and his companions hunted for him [Jesus]. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” -Mark 1:36-38 Jesus’ ministry is…

Time after Epiphany

With the trimmings and trappings of Christmas behind us, this time of year can often be a bit of a letdown. It almost seems like we spend so much time preparing for Jesus’ arrival into our lives again that when he finally gets here we are caught off guard by what we’re being asked to…