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My Empty Wallet

Disclaimer: This is not a “woe is me” post. This is not a search for pity. This is not me soliciting donations. This is me, telling a story about my complicated and mostly negative relationship with money. I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time. I have to admit, I have been … Continue reading

My dirty feet

Maundy Thursday has long been my favorite liturgical day. For me, there is nothing for fundamental to the Christian faith than the call to serve. It is a day that lends itself to sensual rituals: communion, foot washing, sometimes plunging a sanctuary into darkness. These are beautiful reminders that are faith needs to be outside … Continue reading

My Reframing

When I take all of the things that are listed hereĀ and all of the other faults and character defects that plague my being, it is easy to despair. It is easy to throw my hands up and ask “why even try?” It’s enough to make me want to give up and walk away from the … Continue reading

My Sins

My thirst for revenge My discontent My inconsistency My reliance on intellect My ability to rationalize my mistakes instead of taking responsibility My fragile ego My tendency to move towards safe friendships My depression My desire to use power over people My despair desperation My self loathing My inability to speak my needs My emotional … Continue reading

My Lamentations, Part 3

LAMENTATIONS 2:10-18 10The elders of daughter Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have thrown dust on their heads and put on sackcloth; the young girls of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground. 11My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of … Continue reading

My unwillingness to go there

LAMENTATIONS 2:1-9 1How the Lord in his anger has humiliated daughter Zion! He has thrown down from heaven to earth the splendor of Israel; he has not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger. 2The Lord has destroyed without mercy all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has broken down the … Continue reading

My Lamentations, Part 2

LAMENTATIONS 1:17-22 17Zion stretches out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her; the LORD has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should become his foes; Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them. 18The LORD is in the right, for I have rebelled against his word; but hear, all you peoples, and … Continue reading

My Lamentations, part 1

LAMENTATION 1:1-2, 6-12 1How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal. 2She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers … Continue reading

My Short Memory

Exodus 9 27Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28Pray to the LORD! Enough of God’s thunder and hail! I will let you go; you need stay no longer.” 29Moses said to … Continue reading

My Irrational Fear of Frogs

Exodus 8 1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 2If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. 3The river shall swarm with frogs; they shall come up into … Continue reading