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The Game is False

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Devotion for Being Apart - September 27 I will share new devotions from time to time, and invite you to browse through devotions that have been posted on this blog. Today's scripture comes just after a rich landowner, who has followed all the religious rules, asks Jesus,  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  And Jesus tells him to sell everything he has and give the money to the poor and come follow him. Then Peter, seeing this, asks,  Hey Jesus, we’ve given up everything to follow you, what will be our reward?   Jesus answers, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a vineyard owner..."   Matthew 20:1-16. Jesus’ parables are always designed to expose something about the way of fear and reveal something about the way of God. In the way of fear envy is at play – we envy others and desire to be envied.  Envy is an essential component, actually, a necessary part of the game.  We only know how good we have it or how far we’ve gotten, or how much we matter, if we compare ourselves

"Be Still and I'll Show You"

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  Devotion for Being Apart - September 13 I will share new devotions from time to time, and invite you to browse through devotions that have been posted on this blog. Exodus 14:10-14, 19-31 My wise friend Peter recently asked, “Why do we always act like ‘sustainable’ is a positive thing? There are a lot of things that are sustainable that are not good.  Racism, clearly is sustainable. We’ve sustained it for a long time.” Then he asked, “Instead of asking if things are sustainable, why aren’t we asking if they’re ‘life-giving’?”  “The broken systems that perpetuate injustice in this country are sustainable, but they sure are not life-giving. And a frenzied, way too busy pace of life that drains my soul, I sustained that just fine. But it wasn’t life-giving. “    When we’ve lived in brokenness for so long, it shapes our understanding of what’s possible for a good life to be. We stop asking what a good life is, what is life-giving, what brings wholeness or fullness to our lives and to the

Back to School Blessing

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  May be used by groups/congregations, or at home.   I n lieu of a "blessing of the backpacks," e ach person brings an object that will be used for school this year. Pencils, computers, paper, headphones, masks and designated workspaces –  we lift to you the tools of this school year. They represent the learning we will be doing, and all the unusual places and ways we will be doing this learning.   As we hold in our hands these tools,  and hold in our hearts this school year, we ask your blessing on us, Gracious One.   May our teachers teach with wisdom, grace, imagination and love. Give them patience and gentleness with themselves, and their students. Mark out for them the times to work and the times to rest. And give them joy in their teaching.   May our learners grow in wisdom, grace, imagination and love. Give them patience and gentleness with themselves, and their teachers. Mark out for them the times to work and the times to rest. And give them joy in their learning.  

In It Together

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Devotion for Being Apart - September 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. Matthew 18:15-20 In this day and age, we do not assume the best of each other. We almost look for excuses to blame and condemn one another. We even have a proud term for the absolute cut off we do of others, we call it “canceling” people.  We feel almost no obligation to try to work things out – why bother?  If someone hurts us, we tell others – sometimes many others – before going to that person.  We build our case and get people on our side.  Often we never go directly to the person at all, we’d prefer it that way. Because it’s more important to us to be right and uphold ourselves, than it is to stay connected or to uphold one another.     So today’s scripture feels like it comes from another time, a different place. And it does. It comes from a different realm altogether, actually. In the Kingdom of God, we a