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Taking Turns (or Not)

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  Devotion for Being Apart - August 19 This summer, I will share new devotions from time to time, and invite you to browse through devotions that have been posted here on this blog. I shared this prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber Tuesday in the announcements:  Dear God, We are going to just be taking turns for a while, if that’s ok. Yesterday was mine. My turn to be depressed-as-hell about the closing of beloved, been-around-for-decades local businesses. My turn to be afraid because the wildfires are so bad that my eyes sting and the interstate is closed. My turn to be angry.  My turn to indulge in post-apocalyptic future-casting. (OK maybe I shouldn't have watched Mad Max this week.) Please help me not feel bad when it’s my turn, Lord. And with your grace, may my turn to completely freak out not last one minute lo nger than necessary. But also may it last as long as needed in order to allow it to pass when it’s time to move on and just go make the salad for dinner. And Lord, may I be a

Already, always, forever

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                         Devotion for Being Apart - August 9 This summer, I will share new devotions from time to time, and invite you to browse through devotio ns that have been posted on this blog.   Romans 8:38-39 This summer we've worked our way through Romans eager to get to chapter 8 – the pinnacle that the whole first part is building toward, and rightly so because it’s a ridiculous treasure trove of good news, and things kind of go downhill into complicated Paulisms after that. So three weeks ago, when we got to chapter 8, I called Lisa and said, “There’s so much goodness here, I’m taking just the first part and saving the rest for you!” Then, on Sunday, like a true Minnesotan who keeps cutting the last piece of cake in half, Lisa called me and said, “I saved you the end, verses 38-39!”  One of my favorite things to do is to listen to books while I am driving.  When Lisa called, I was driving home from Kansas and listening to Jim Finley’s  Thomas Merton and the Path to the

On this train together

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Devotion for Being Apart - August 6 This summer, I will share new devotions from time to time, and invite you to browse through devotions that have been posted on this blog. My kids’ head of school, said the other night, at an online parent meeting: “If you could join me, adults, if we could join in a small ‘pinkie pact’... when we read articles about students, ‘losing ground’ or ‘falling behind’, that we might take those metaphors and set them aside and talk about how we’re on a train together, and that train has slowed down. What can we do to engage deeper in the scenery that we have access to [now], so that when our train starts moving faster again, we’ll all feel just fine about it?          Our students right now will become adults. And there’s no reason to think they’ll be less prepared adults than we are currently, or the adults who came before us. In fact, because of this they may be better prepared for adulthood, even if they’ve had a small slow down in the rate of math facts