Getting God’s Message Across

Even if you aren’t a Christian, you probably have heard of the hymn with the lyrics “They will know we are Christians by our love ….” It’s a hymn that’s ingrained in my psyche–I probably learned it in Sunday School and sang it many times at summer camp. 

Reading about the origins of this hymn, maybe it always was more aspirational than descriptive. According to hymnary, Peter Scholtes wrote it in 1968, while he was serving as a parish priest at St. Brendan’s on the South Side of Chicago. Still, it saddens me that few people today would associate being Christian with being loving and accepting, let alone “guard[ing] each man’s dignity and sav[ing] each man’s pride.” Continue reading

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Hiking Gross Reservoir With My Daughter

Can you blame Denver Water for emphasizing that Gross Reservoir is named after  “former Chief Engineer Dwight D. Gross”? I hate to be so immature, but it is an unfortunate name for a reservoir! If you ever visit, though, you will know it is gorgeous, not gross. 

My daughter has been living in Colorado since she went to college there, and is really embracing the Colorado lifestyle. Last summer she bought herself a kayak, and lately she’s gotten into hiking. When I visited her last week, she led me on a hike around Gross Reservoir.

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Where Is A Burning Bush Calling You To Turn Aside

A few weeks ago our Old Testament reading told the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. It’s one of those stories I think I know so well, but am still able to find new meaning–and hear a new message–when I listen to it again. This time, I realized the God may ignite burning bushes along my path when he wants to get my attention and call on me to take action.

Moses and the Burning Bush
The story is found in the third chapter of Exodus, after Moses has been raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian slave master, married Zipporah, daughter of the priest of Midian, and fathered at least one son.

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Slammed By September

The first week of September was a rough one. Just as friends in the Houston area were getting a handle on the aftermath of Harvey, friends in Florida were eyeing Irma and making the difficult decision to evacuate or hunker down. In the meantime, we had gorgeous fall weather in D.C. as everyone headed back to school and work shifted into high gear.

Thanks to Holly and Tricia for extending summer for one more week with the Weekly Wrap Guest Host series, and thanks to Sara @ Sara Runs This Town for wrapping up the series. It’s been so much fun getting to know the guest hosts over the past few months!

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Leaving Room For God’s Mercy

Tomorrow is September 11, a date that stills makes me stop in my tracks, ~remember~, and grieve for those who lost their lives, their loved ones, and their livelihoods.

Charlottesville 9/11 Memorial

A beam from the World Trade Center,
installed as a memorial in a Charlottesville, VA Fire House 

Although there is so much about that day I will never forget , I always remember how I happened to buy a new Bible that morning, and how I opened its pages even as I was glued to the news. 

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