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Why do we work?

When the crowds follow Jesus, he tells them, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which...

When we are weak, then we are strong

Following Christ is not easy. When we give our hearts and lives completely to Christ Jesus, we will experience backlash from others,...

Faith & Suffering

Jesus tells the woman who touched his clothes, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5:34) Jesus...

Be still in life's storms

For a short story, Mark 4:35-41 is packed with meaning for reflection. Mark tells us that “as evening drew on” Jesus decided to cross to...

Praying Amen

What do we mean when we say “Amen”? Amen is derived from the Hebrew āmēn, which means “certainty,” “truth,” and “verily.” It is a word...

Spring Morning on the Potomac

Sun's rays breaking through clouds. Ducks and geese float silently through Water ripples with the morning tide. Shells with crews scull...

Trinity of Relationship

We are created in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27), which means we are created for relationship. The Holy Trinity is...

Plug into the Power of the Holy Spirit

I love the Pentecost images of “a noise like a strong driving wind” and “tongues as of fire.” (Acts 2:2-3) These images are reminiscent...

Clouds of Glory

After Jesus’ Resurrection, he appeared to his disciples to encourage them and prepare them to continue his mission. Because they were...

Love as Jesus loves

Last week, I shared three ways that Jesus loves: by seeing the people he encounters, tending to the needs of the people he encounters,...

How does Jesus love?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… These words by Elizabeth Barret Browning came to mind when I read 1 John 3:18: “Children, let...

You are a Beloved Child of God!

Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. (1 John 3:1) I am concerned that not many...

Jesus teaches, invites, and empowers

Today’s Gospel reading and the preceding account of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), both from Luke, give us insight into how Jesus...

Shalom . . . True Peace

Peace is . . . The absence of war and violence. The absence of noise. The absence of disturbance. Peace is certainly all of this, but...

The Hush of Holy Saturday

Jesus died yesterday . . . and the whole world hushes, pauses and holds its breath. We have experienced this same hush and pause with...

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