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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...
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....
Waiting for the Light

God is So Much More

Brothers and sisters, siblings in Christ, This time of year, every month has something to look forward to: back to school, TrinityFEST, Reformation, Halloween, All Saints, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year. This is Ted’s and my third autumn in the Valley, and we...
Chapel Door

Chapel Door

The photo is from the quiet lake where Ted and I enjoy an annual two weeks of sabbath “up north” with family and friends. This is called “Chapel Door” and is from the east side of the lake, a deeply holy place for me. It is a thin place, where God feels profoundly...
Welcome the Stranger

Welcome the Stranger

Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35 While in France, I visited the home of my father’s patrilineal ancestors, the Rivards. I saw the font where my 6X great...
Welcome the Stranger

Is the Bible appropriate for children?

Siblings in Christ, Is the Bible appropriate for children?! What an outrageous question! It’s the Word of God, who made and loves our children. It’s the stories of Jesus, who we teach is our friend. There are rainbows and lambs, tables full of food and coins being...