Tag: love

May 05

Just because it’s expected doesn’t make it hurt any less, diary of a delegate

This post comes to us from Becca Girrell Clark the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier, Vermont, and a delegate from the New England Conference to General Conference 2012.
[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignleft" width="252"] JoAnn, Annie, and I share communion in the midst of the Body’s brokenness. Photo from the UMNS.[/caption]Earlier this week I tweeted: just because it’s expected doesn’t make it hurt any less.
We– whoever “we” are– did not expect to win any ground on the church’s position about homosexuality this quadrennium. But I’m a believer in the resurrection promise. That sometimes means that I every so often and ever so naively hold on to hope.
I was hopeful

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Apr 28

Listen ! Understand !

It was 1964 when Eric Burdon and The Animals released the single “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” from the album “House of the Rising Sun.” and they joined the British Invasion. The chorus repeats;
I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Such a true line for all of us. We are just

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Aug 09

Forgiveness part 2

Part 1 is located here. John 8:2-11 (NRSV) Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, …

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Aug 08

Forgiveness part 1

Genesis 50:15-21 (NRSV) Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, …

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Jul 17

Friends

There is a saying that goes “Blood is thicker than water.”  The saying implies that family relationships are stronger than friendships. I have always wondered about that saying. I was raised as an only child by a single Mom, and a single Grandmother, so if I were to say my only strong relationships were family, …

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Jun 23

What is Prayer ?

Kierkegaard said “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”  A good friend of mine said when I asked her about prayer “God is one of the best therapists out there.” So what is prayer? Is it a conversation? Is it a request fest? Is it a complaint session? Can we rail …

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