Honeymoons

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss I imagine that today when we hear the word “honeymoon” we think of a newly wed couple soaking up sun and surf together on some isolated island, or hidden away in a resort somewhere.  We suppose they are enjoying their new marital status, far from the family and friends who celebrated with them only […]

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June: the Month Honeymoons

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” — (Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac, June 1738 There are a variety of ancient reasons why we have so many June weddings and very few of them have to do with romance. The month of June is named for the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. Juno was thought to watch over women and protect them, especially during childbirth. So a June wedding was a way […]

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When Will We EVER Learn?

I’ve just read a thread of Facebook posts offering empathy and encouragement to a woman whose father was a pastor. Sadly, in all her years of studying and serving the church as a pastor, he’s never accepted her as a colleague in the ministry. Why? Because she’s a she. In an earlier chapter in my life, I made a cross country move for my husband’s career opportunity. I had one year of seminary training behind […]

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The Church Universal

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) When I travel I explore new congregations on Sunday mornings. At the recommendation of a friend, I found a gem on my recent Ohio visit. Peace Lutheran in Gahanna is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in central Ohio, having been founded in 1838. Only a couple of decades short of a 200th anniversary, this congregation is still going strong. […]

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Launching and Leaving

“Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” —Art Linkletter May in Ohio this year has been a whirlwind for my family. Early in May my older daughter’s oldest graduated from college and is now in full-time look-for-work mode. My younger daughter’s twins will graduate from high school before the month ends. Two days after they flip their tassels they’ll head be in Texas to work at […]

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