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Hope

Hope

Siblings in Christ, The new year dawns with hope for most of us. Hopes that we can be better, reach a goal, rid ourselves of a bad habit, change jobs, experience something new. As we turn the page on the calendar, we also hope we can leave parts of the old year...
Waiting for the Light

Waiting for the Light

Waiting for the light. This past weekend I had the great joy of spending three days with our eldest daughter, Maggie. She had purchased Ted’s car and flew home from Northeastern Ohio, where she lives, to drive it back. I rode back with her, eager for time together and...
Not Ready Yet

Not Ready Yet

I don’t know about you, but I am not ready for winter. I haven’t even gotten all the leaves up yet. I still need to bleed my pipes so they don’t freeze. I need to fire up my snow thrower so that it’s ready when an actual snow storm hits. It’s amazing all the little...
Falling into Forgiveness

Falling into Forgiveness

It was a random text on a Sunday night. “Hey, could we grab coffee tomorrow?” “Sure. What’s up?” “I just want to talk.” “Ok.” I wasn’t ready for the conversation, but it was one I had played over in my head many times (some with trained professionals). More than 30...
Waiting for the Light

Language of God

Siblings in Christ, Pastor Peter and I recently spent a couple of days with our bishop and colleagues from the Saint Paul Area Synod. We worshipped, received updates on the synod and learned from Dr. Eric Barreto, a professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary....