Messages

The Wisdom of Winning

A Message Inspired by Isaiah 49: 1-7Two weeks ago, my daughter’s sixth grade class began playing the World Peace Game. I had never heard of nor experienced this game myself, but the number of emails sent to parents prior to the Game’s beginning led me to believe this Game was either going to be the […]

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Saving Jesus

Inspired by Isaiah 42: 1-9Last week Jesus was a baby in the manger where the Magi traveled to bring him exotic gifts. This week Jesus is thirty years old standing in a river being baptized. It’s frustrating to me, as well. I’m sorry. There is nothing I can do about this notable omission of childhood […]

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The Animals – Christmas Eve Message from The Land

Based on Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)So far at The Land, our December Saturday morning gatherings have highlighted stories about angels, about Mary and Joseph, about shepherds and kings…everyone who has been positioned in the Nativity Scene has had their moment on the brightly lit stage of our theological review. The only guests left waiting for their […]

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Bad Decisions

Based on Matthew 1: 18-25On Thursday night, I drove Fiona up to Georgetown to ride the historic train for a special event they called, Santa’s Lighted Forest. In retrospect, that is exactly what it was; a train ride through a forest decorated with lights featuring a visit from Santa on the train. In retrospect, there […]

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The Birth of a Blessing

Based on Luke 1: 46-55Fiona was just four years old when she asked that I include in her bedtime prayer the request that God would not make her have a baby like he did with Mary. Explaining to a four-year-old that this wasn’t something she needed to lose sleep over turned out to be a […]

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The Miracle of Moving On

A message based on Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV)We’ve heard this story before. Or, at least, the general moral narrative placed into various platforms. The arrival of the unlikely hero, the unpredictable model, the unwelcomed prophet. Ten lepers are healed by Jesus and only one turns back to praise Jesus. Could you imagine how out of place […]

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Blessing of the Animals

A message based on Luke 17:5-10This week, driving back and forth from taking Fiona to school each morning, I saw six dead raccoons. I’m not sure why this week resulted in such a high casualty rate for their community, but for the first time ever, I actually passed two deceased raccoons on the same street […]

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Dead Ends

Based on Luke 15: 1-10Both my mother and my father have a horrible sense of direction. So it isn’t shocking that I inherited this trait. A few weeks ago, I conceded that my best bet at going in the right direction was to go in the opposite direction that I thought I should go. For […]

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Eating Crumbs

Based on Matthew 15: 21-28This weekend during my message at The Land I shared that, about a month ago, after sixteen years of marriage, my husband and I separated. As things were unfolding, I had been quite certain that this was news unnecessary to share publicly. It wasn’t going to impact my ability to do my […]

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Praying for a Partner

Based on Luke 12: 32-40 A few months ago, I caved into peer pressure and spent the twelve dollars to take the enneagram test. Turns out, I am a six which is labelled as the Loyalist. Like all of the categories in the enneagram, there are positive attributes and less positive attributes. For example, the first […]

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