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By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors, Chicago, IL
As I was driving the other day, for some reason I began to notice how many bridges I was crossing. Many were hardly noticeable as they spanned lower pieces of land or tiny creeks, but they were bridges none the less. These bridges made travel so much easier and connected me to areas that otherwise would be out of easy reach. Bridges, especially the short ones we hardly notice, are certainly...
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice Chaplain
Well, we’re now into September and the first day of fall is not far away. Some of us are looking forward to fall – and the cooler weather after a rather warm summer. I know others will greatly miss summer as it often affords us more free time and vacations with family.
The four weather seasons are often compared to our life cycles. We work our way through the stages of life, from birth until death, never knowing how...
Embrace the Butterflies!
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
Butterflies. That nervous, uncomfortable feeling in your stomach that tells you you’re about to do something risky. Right before you’re about to speak up or perform or ask someone out or jump off the high dive. There is nothing delicate or pretty about these kinds of butterflies. It’s an unsettling, agonizing sensation that deserves the plural; and most of the time most of us live our...
Of Sticks and Stones … and Names
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member
Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff; water came out abundantly and the congregation and their livestock drank. Numbers 20:11
I suppose many of us remember times in our childhood when our hearts had been shattered by the rejection and verbal cruelty of other children… and our mothers or fathers or grandmothers...
Cats That Search for Narnia
By Kim Marxhausen, Lincoln, NE
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6, ESV
The two cats that allow us to live with them are designated as indoor cats. This is not their choice, but is their best chance at longevity. A while back,...