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The Healing Chronicle

It was probably 10 years ago when I heard these words from Ruth Haley Barton, The best gift we give to the world is a healthy and whole you. I knew that was a significant statement, but I didn’t fully grasped the depth of it until I received my cancer diagnosis. Health and wholeness is always something we have to fight for. It doesn’t come easy. There are many things – both in the world and within our own hearts – that work against us. We need all the support we can get. This weekly newsletter is meant to help provide that. May these stories, poems, advice, and encouragement provide some of what you need.

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Retirement-ish

January 14th was my last day.  I walked out of the church office for the final time.  The office was empty.  I had given away

Christmas Reflections 2021

I have gotten into the habit of listening to the Christmas Carole, Mary, Did You Know? at least half-a-dozen times during the Christmas season.  I

Gratitude 201

My family wasn’t always excited about it, but every Thanksgiving everyone who ate at our house had to write-up a gratitude list that they’d share

Welcome to the Struggle Bus

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth,

Pas·tor

…one who walks alongside in faith to provide spiritual perspective When I started the conversation with the team helping me establish and articulate my personal

Black·sheep

I have chosen a black sheep as my mascot.  Typically, when that term is used to describe a person, it suggests they are a problem

Relational Realities – Final Reflections

For everything there is a season,    a time for every activity under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3:1 One of the more helpful ways for me to think about life