Hope and Wonder

With all the astonishing events unfolding in recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about hope and wonder, the difference between them, and the importance of both of them. A couple of weeks ago, those churches that follow the common three-year lectionary cycle heard, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is a simple four-letter word that carries an ocean’s worth of depth and a mountain’s […]

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I prepared the March articles before Russia invaded Ukraine. I interrupt what I had planned to write, for #StandWithUkraine. It is hard to decide how to appropriately respond to the gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, mind-boggling news about the atrocities inflicted on the Ukrainian people, who only want what we all want – the ability to determine our own national destinies. Listening to the news is particularly poignant as, before Russia invaded Ukraine, my book club decided to review […]

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Rev. Bob Johnson

What Does It Mean To Pray?

Today’s blog about prayer was written by The Rev. Bob Johnson at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston. It spoke to me, so I asked him if I could share it with you. What Does It Mean To Pray? by The Rev. Bob Johnson I believe in prayer. But I have to admit that I have often been disappointed by it. Back around 1980, when I was still a chemical engineer working for DuPont and […]

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Sunset by Mary Hamilton

A Prayer for the New Year

A new year is upon us. Twelve months of possibilities lie before us. What would you like to see happen between now and New Year’s Eve 2018? I’ve given up making New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t like the way I disappoint myself when I fail to keep them. Instead I set goals – small steps I plan to take to reach big destinations I dream of reaching. When I combine goal setting with praying, the […]

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