Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Psalm 146:1-6 We live in an era when the earth itself cries out for justice. In February of 2020, Antarctica reached the highest temperature ever recorded at nearly 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Days of these warm temperatures brought widespread glacial melting....

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Thursday, January 21 – Reflections

Luke 4:29-30 During my earliest years as a hospital chaplain, I sat with a woman who had to face the reality that her sixteen-year-old son was brain dead. Though she and her loved ones had prayed for a miracle, every test confirmed that he was gone. The...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Wednesday, January 20 – Reflections

Luke 4:25-28 I was thirteen years old, sitting in an eighth grade history class in South Carolina on the morning of September 11th, 2001. Our teacher answered a phone call, turned pale, then turned on the TV. The first image I remember is the tail of a plane...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Tuesday, January 19 – Reflections

Luke 4:23-24 When I was in junior high, I job-shadowed my pastor. Everyone found this delightful, including the pastor himself. He took me around with him on pastoral care visits to the hospital, enjoyed introducing me to colleagues, showed me what daily...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Monday, January 18 – Reflections

Luke 4:20-22 I was in downtown Seattle, walking towards the ferry that would take me home, when a woman full of anger accosted me, asking for money. I truthfully said that I had no cash on me, and apologized.  “So what?” she responded. “There’s an ATM on the...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Sunday, January 17 – Reflections

Luke 4:14-19 As a hospital chaplain, I’ve learned that God doesn’t always answer prayers in the ways we expect. Sometimes we pray for physical healing, and it doesn’t happen. Sometimes we pray for test results to be negative, and they are positive. Sometimes we...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Saturday, January 16 – Reflections

Psalm 51:13-17 A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (v. 17). Last spring, I walked downtown to join hundreds on the plaza in Asheville to listen to local young adults share their stories and experiences of being Black. They recounted the...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Friday, January 15 – Reflections

Psalm 51:6-12 Teach me wisdom in my secret heart (v. 6). Self-reflection is a skill we must develop. Too often I function in survival mode and consider self-reflection a luxury for which I have no time or energy. Quaker mystic Thomas Kelly might be describing...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Thursday, January 14 – Reflections

Luke 3:21-22 Now when all the people were baptized . . . (v. 21).  When someone asks us to identify ourselves, we often respond with the externals: where we work, what teams we root for, who our family is, where we worship. If we strip away our factual...

Friday, January 22 – Reflections

Wednesday, January 13 – Reflections

Luke 3:15-20 The people were filled with expectation (v. 15). David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk and author, says “Surprise” is his favorite name for God. Surprising moments shake us out of complacency and awaken us to life. Think of a child’s exuberant joy...