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Turkey tracks, monkey mind, and other places to glimpse God

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Matthew 6:24-34
On the church retreat last weekend Maisy and I went for a walk through the snowy woods.  We saw all sorts of tracks in the snow – deer, mice, turkeys (which look like big arrows pointing in the way somewhere).  We spotted Jen and Brian, and little Ava sitting atop Brian’s shoulders grasping his head like the world’s cutest smiling hat.   When we had nearly returned to the lodge, we passed a small red squirrel, sitting in the snow, gnawing on an acorn.  It was only about 6 feet away from us, and didn’t seem bothered as we came near.  Suddenly it looked up from its work and noticed us. It’s animal instinct must have kicked in, because it made to run, only instead of dashing across the vast empty field away from us, it must have made a quick calculation about the single tree, a mere two feet from where we stood, and ran toward us instead. A second after it landed on the backside of the trunk, its little tufted, squirrelly face suddenly peeked around the tree, right at our f…

A pastor suggesting how you should vote

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In case you hadn’t noticed from the million dramatic TV ads, Election Day is upon us. 
I hope every one of you in the US will vote – if you haven’t already.   If you haven’t voted yet, I am going to give you a suggestion for how to vote.   And I am going to begin with two important reminders.
The first is this: The Way of Fear gets a megaphone at times like these.
The lie of the Way of Fear is easy to recognize by some key characteristics: –It labels people as enemy, and points fingers at those people, dehumanizing the “other.”  –It pounds home a message of scarcity and urgency, wrapped in language of warning and doom.   –It tells you things that make dread or despair churn in your gut, or bring anger and rage bubbling up your throat, and then seeks to harness that negative energy toward its cause. –It produces hopelessness, apathy, terror, fury or resignation that reduces and exhausts you.
Motivating an electorate in the Way of Fear sounds like this:  “We are divided between the good and the b…