Author Archives: Joan

Holy Week – Easter Epilogue

My reflections during this Holy Week 2020 was intended to encourage you to remember the end-game story of Jesus’ life, which has become our Christian Holy Week Myth.  That’s nice, but there is a much deeper reason for these reflections, … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday 2020

Early in the morning on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James set out toward the garden where they had seen Jesus’ body placed.  When they entered the garden, they saw to their … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday Reflection

It was the Sabbath in Jerusalem.  Normally a very quiet day and today was no different, except there were whispers.  Jesus had been confirmed dead with a spear thrust, and his body taken down from the cross.  The body was … Continue reading

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Good Friday Reflection

Jesus and his disciples loved this garden.  It was a safe comfortable place with deep grass and a light breeze.  It was dark, and they settled into the quiet, some even falling asleep.  Jesus tapped Peter, James and John, and … Continue reading

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Music is bringing us together

Music is the inspiration of the Spirit.It allows us to celebrate with joy,singing, dancing, like Miriam with her tambourine.It groans forth from the depths of our beingwhen we grieve our losses.It gets our bodies moving in exercise, and marches with the … Continue reading

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March 25, Nine Months till…

March 25th, nine months before December 25th, the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.Yes, God is with us.  We see Jesus, working through others, is with us.  During this time of the coronavirus, we have gratitude and ask blessings upon: the nurses, … Continue reading

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Our Global Community

We had a pumpkin for Halloween, and when the season was over, we cooked, mashed and froze the pumpkin for future desserts.  As I was cooking pumpkin custard this morning, I thought about our global community and how we support one … Continue reading

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The Long View

Dear Friends, Yesterday as I sat at our dining room table gazing across the pond, I had an experience very similar to something our daughter wrote in her e-mail to us today:   This morning I had to get up early … Continue reading

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This Lent

This Lent, O God,enlighten my mind so as to know your Word,let me see and appreciate beauty, mystery and diversity that is around me,let me hear the voice of the poor,fill my heart with compassion,let me wrap my arms around … Continue reading

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Blessed Christmas

The following poem touched me this season: The gate is open dare we enterthe snow looks heavy, deep,the woods, dark, deeper still the Star we’re told, is somewhere beyondon the other side of fear, of hopelessness The gate is open … Continue reading

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