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The Land Never Forgets

The Land Never Forgets

For darkness shall cover the earth,     and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you,     and his glory will appear over you. Is 60:2 On Friday mornings, I used to eat breakfast with the pastor of a neighboring church. He had a fascinating hobby and used to share stories about it when we met. During the year, he and some friends would study a specific battle from the Civil War. They would chart troop movements and unique…

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An Unshakeable Presence

An Unshakeable Presence

“God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved” Psalm 46:5a The summer of ’89 in Brooklyn was a summer of contradiction. During the day a rich community life filled the streets of our neighborhood. Mothers sat on stoops talking to neighbors. Children played on the sidewalks. Delivery trucks made stops along the avenue. Store owners walked to the bank carrying the days’ deposits. The streets bustled with life. The nights, though, were claimed by drug…

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Give to Everyone

Give to Everyone

“Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.” Mt 5:42 There is a woman in the congregation I am serving who is quite honest about her vulnerability to fundraisers. She told me, every time she sees someone raising money for a cause, she automatically gives. Even when she suspects it is a scam. When I listen to her, I think to myself, “She’d never make it in New York City.”…

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Polar Bear Swims and Light

Polar Bear Swims and Light

“You are the light of the world.” Mt. 5:13a Every so often, memories of the YMCA Camp in Centerville Mills, Ohio wash over my mind and fill me with joy. This morning, while meditating on the text, I thought about the rituals the camp used to end and begin each day. Every evening, when darkness had finally descended, a trumpet would play “Taps.”  The sound let every camper know, the day is now over. Everything about the day, whether good…

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When Darkness Becomes Light

When Darkness Becomes Light

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” John 3:16 Yesterday, on my way home from work, I watched a car make a right hand turn on a red light. It was not the best decision. There was not a lot of distance between cars for the driver to make this move. However, the car was able to squeeze in without anyone slamming on their brakes. The decision did not sit well with the driver immediately…

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When Light Fills My Path

When Light Fills My Path

“They said to him, “Who are you?” John 8:25 We used to take students at camp for environmental education on a hayride to the Frosty Frog ice cream parlor. When the ice cream was being served, the driver of the hay wagon would leave to turn it around to bring the students back to their cabins. One evening, when I was driving the hay wagon, I left to walk up to where it was parked. As I walked in darkness,…

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Life in the Midst of Chaos

Life in the Midst of Chaos

the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep Gen. 1:2 Once when I was a camp counselor, my campers asked to sleep out under the stars. We invited another group to join us and went to a remote location deep in the woods. The moonless night made it very dark, but the darkness provided a brilliant display of stars. As we settled down to sleep, my most vocal and demonstrative camper started yelling and…

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Light, Dark, Fear, Peace

Light, Dark, Fear, Peace

My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. (Is.26:9a) Our house is the only house in the neighborhood to leave a light on at night. We leave one small light on above the sink in the kitchen. Something about that light makes me feel more comfortable with the darkness. I often wonder what our neighbors think about our light. The darkness of our neighborhood reminds me of an urban youth group I once drove to…

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