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Keeping Watch

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With our newest family member, Ella, we are in the throws of potty training.  We are on a strict schedule.  The experts say to “watch her like a hawk,” so that, whenever she looks like she might need to go, we should immediately take her outside … and the hope is...

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Finding Rest

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I am facing lots of limitations.  I rest so that I can empty the dishwasher. Then I rest.  I rest so I can re-heat some soup.  Then I rest some more.  I rest so I can have a short phone conversation.  And then I’m back to resting.  The room spins a bit, and my...

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Don't Miss It

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As Black Friday sales arrive in my email inbox, it seems like “Don’t miss it” is the message that’s included every time.  Don’t miss this opportunity! Don’t miss this offer!  Don’t miss the chance to buy this! The onslaught of our desperate...

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That Time of Day

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At certain times of the day, the sun presents us with a feast for our eyes. It streams through our windows with a gentle intensity, a beaming kindness, and a revealing gaze that makes everything seem hushed and beautiful.  While I was in seminary, I caught this moment during one of our...

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Espresso

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Almost every morning, this little espresso machine pours a couple shots of ambition into my life. I smell the ground beans as they are pressed, compressed, and endure many pounds of pressure as the hot water is forced through the tiny openings inside the machine to turn out this rich, thick...

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Crowd Support

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Last weekend, I was fortunate to have the chance to support my sister as she finally ran the NYC marathon.  I was also amazed the sheer magnitude of what a million cheering fans looks like.  All along the 26.2 mile long route, there is almost no spot where runners cannot hear the...

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The Human Family

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Three years ago my older sister came to NYC thinking she would be running the NYC marathon. Instead, she and I (along with thousands of other runners) spent that morning over on Staten Island, helping a man and his family dig out his first floor from all the rubble, web debris, and damage that...

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The Beautiful Tree

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It blazes bright orange and yellow in a sea of green.  Contributing its part to the beloved fall canvas, trees like this one surprise and delight me every year with their fearless exposition of their truth, their color, their season.   No holding back, no halfway statements, no...

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Departures

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“I’m not good at goodbyes” I’ve heard several friends say.  I think what they’re getting at is this: when someone whom you love has to leave or move away, there’s a sense of loss.  And facing that sense of loss — well, it’s no...

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Clean Windows

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It’s a beautiful fall day.  I know I’m privileged to have newly maintained steel windows in the church study that actually open up! Taking in fresh fall air, looking out onto the generous trees of Jefferson Street, I notice for the first time the glass...

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