Remembering our Baptism – A Reflection

This is an awesome post.

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The baptismal font at Carrollton Presbyterian Church in Carrollton, Georgia

This was where I was going with tomorrow’s sermon this past weekend and earlier this week. I record my portion of the service, including the sermon on Wednesdays at 4pm (EST).

On this Sunday (Baptism of the Lord), we read Mark’s account of Jesus’ baptism by John in the River Jordan. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke Jesus’ baptism marks the beginning of his public ministry. As Jesus rose up from the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending on him in the form of a dove. Then he hears the voice of God saying: You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.

As a cradle Presbyterian, I was baptized as an infant, so I don’t remember what happened at my baptism. The question that my parents answered on that day was:

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Thankfulness and Gratitude – A Reflection

Blessings to All

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Painting of Thomas Merton at Bellarmine University’s Merton Center

As the US Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I am both mindful of all that I have to be thankful for and what so many sisters and brothers need to survive.

Perhaps this week we can look beyond ourselves and our selfish desires in order to see and love our neighbor. Thomas Merton’s words from his book Thoughts in Solitude speak volumes.

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good…

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Today’s Reflection – Walking by Faith

Keep the Faith!

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Birch cabin ruins at Knoll-Willows Open Space in Estes Park, Colorado

Today as Denise and I said Morning Prayer together (we use Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer), Thomas Merton’s prayer was one of the readings for today. The prayer is also found in Merton’s book, Thoughts in Solitude (p. 79)

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I…

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Guidance in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Beautiful – a Must Read

While reading this I thought of Robert Frost – Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. Thank you Rev Michael 🙂

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Thomas Merton’s denim jacket and denim shirt on display at the Merton Center on Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky

We are once again looking at alarming spikes in COVID-19 infection rates and death rates. Congregations (including the one I am currently serving in Georgia) have either gone back to in-person worship or have been making plans to do so. Our congregation has had three outdoor worship services. Outdoor services are much easier to do, weather wise, in Georgia than they are in Colorado!

Pastors and faith community leaders have had to navigate these tricky waters, often without any sort of a guide. I guess you could add this to the list of things they never taught me in seminary which also includes designing and running virtual worship via Zoom. Of course, if you are of a certain age like me, we didn’t even have personal computers in seminary back in…

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? (My Battle with Dementia, Anxiousness and Covid-19)

Great Blog

A Bit of Brian's Brilliance

Investigations by Chinese authorities have identified human cases with onset of symptoms in early December 2019.The first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed on January 20, 2020, and reported to CDC on January 22, 2020.

Doing some research on COVID-19, I came across a lot of questions from the public . . .
* Do antibiotics work against the coronavirus?
* How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?
* What is a pandemic?
* Can the coronavirus disease spread through swimming pools?
*Can the coronavirus disease spread through frozen food?
* Can I still have sex during the coronavirus pandemic?

I could probably give you the answers based upon what I’ve read, but that would take too long. I’ll let you research on your own.

What I want to talk to you about is . . .
How is…

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Guest Post: Empress Hermine and the Tragic Wedding

VERY fascinating story 🙂

History... the interesting bits!

Today it is a pleasure to welcome author Moniek Bloks to History … The Interesting Bits on the first stop of her book tour. Moniek is the author of a new biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s second wife, Hermine Reuss of Greiz. The book, Hermine; An Empress in Exile will be released in the UK on Friday 11th December.

So, it’s over to Moniek:


Empress Hermine and the tragic wedding

Caroline and her husband

Hermine Reuss of Greiz was one of the five daughters of Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz and his wife Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe. Her childhood was overshadowed by the death of her mother in childbirth and the incurable disability of her only brother.  A 13-year marriage to Prince Johann Georg of Schönaich-Carolath produced five children before her husband’s death of tuberculosis. However determined never to be married again, Hermine ended up meeting the exiled…

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Family Matters

This is a very sad situaion.

Suddenly Mad

Portrait of my husband with image of our son holding the twins hands while walking away, with two faces of our daughter

It’s been many months since I wrote here, and our lives have changed radically. How we have coped and are coping is what I will talk about here.

My beloved husband was diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer in July.

At this point he is okay and not okay.

It started with pain in his back and under his right shoulder. I thought he was straining himself because of holding my arm when we went for daily walks. But the pain got worse and worse and one day on our walk he had to lean against a building because the pain was that bad. He made an appointment with a pulmonologist who ordered a CT scan of his chest and torso. There is was. Cancer in his…

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World Alzheimer’s Day

Just got this today or I would have posted it earlier. We lost my mother in law to Alzheimer’s in July of this year. Hug your family every day.

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Each Year on September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day.
I will start out with what IT’S NOT!
* IT’S NOT a day of Celebration!
* IT’S NOT a National or International Holiday!
* IT’S NOT a day for cookouts or Backyard Bar-B-Ques!

What it is, is a day to call AWARENESS to
* a Disease that has NO PREVENTION!
* a Disease that has NO WAY TO STOP the PROGRESSION!
* a Disease that has NO CURE!

I guess you can see why I don’t exactly call this a “Day to Celebrate.”

You will probably see a lot of photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other Social Media of individuals wearing purple. It’s a way of calling awareness to a Horrendous Disease.

One of the strangest things about this disease is it doesn’t exactly cause people to die. According to the Alzheimer’s Association . . .
” Alzheimer’s disease leads…

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Holy Space – A Reflection

Another good one from Rev Moore 🙂

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A sacred space at the Etowah Mounds Historic Site near Cartersville, Georgia.

The places we are seen and heard are holy places. They remind us of our value as human beings. They give us the strength to go on. Eventually they may even help us transform pain into wisdom.—Rachel Naomi Remen

I received the above quote in a daily email I receive from Pace e Bene (This Nonviolent Life), a Catholic Peace organization. It ties in quite nicely with what I have been doing in my Narrative Theology class which is a part of the Doctor of Ministry program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (MN).

In the exercise/assignment for the first week of class, each student shared their six-word memoirs with the class via Zoom. Then the student was invited to share some background on that memoir in four minutes or less. Following that, the class sat…

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God’s Love – A Reflection

All we need is love is love is love is love is love …..

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Mary holding Jesus’ body – a statue in Saint Ignatius Church on the campus of the University of San Francisco (USF, my Dad’s alma mater)

A few weeks ago after my Dad had watched the news in his assisted living apartment he told one of the women working in the office all we need is love in this world. I wonder if he was thinking of the Beatle’s song, “All You Need Is Love” when he said that. He shared the story with us later that afternoon. Dad does watch the television news regularly and we often get calls from him afterwards. He shares his frustration and sorrow over the state of the world. Believe me Dad, we can certainly relate to your thoughts and feelings.

When we visited San Francisco and the University of San Francisco back in late February Dad was eager to hear all about the city…

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