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Blessed Little Thoughts

Posted by Noelle, July 5, 2017

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, an Hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist, offers in this video what a colleague of mine once called a BLT, a “blessed little thought”, about self-love and giving. In our culture of “what’s in it for me?”, how do we avoid practicing what Twerski calls “fish love”? In what ways have you given of your love by giving of yourself?

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The Alexandria Shooting

Posted by Noelle, June 14, 2017

My prayers are lifted today for those injured in the shooting incident in Del Ray, particularly Steve Scalise, Zach Barth, Roger Williams, Matt Mika, David Bailey and Krystal Griner. I also raise my prayers to God for those who rushed in to help, particularly the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, and medical personnel, who regularly put their own lives in jeopardy in order to protect and save the lives of others. I grieve for our communities, for innocence lost and for a delicate peace broken. I pray for the shooter and for the anger and brokenness that lead him to believe that violence was his only recourse.

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Not Suit and Tie Guys

Posted by Noelle, May 18, 2017

Several years ago, I came across this photograph by David LaChapelle from his series “Jesus is my Homeboy”. I find it, and the whole series, powerful images and poignant theological statements about who Jesus was and is.

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What Are You Chasing?

Posted by Noelle, March 22, 2017

Legendary preacher Fred Craddock tells a great story about a conversation he had with a greyhound once.  I’m a big fan of greyhounds.  I used to have a retired racer and she was a wonderful, devoted friend to me. Craddock’s story about his conversation with a greyhound speaks volumes to me during the season of Lent. What are you chasing?

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What Does the Lord Require of You...

Posted by Noelle, November 10, 2016

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6.8

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Practicing Metanoia

Posted by Noelle, June 23, 2016

In reaction to the horrific murder of 49 persons and the maiming of even more in a nightclub in Orlando, an outpouring of passionate responses—vigils, prayer services, blogs, editorials in the media around the world--including Bishops of the Episcopal Church---have appeared. These responses range from expression of condolence, love and support, to outrage. In all of them is the hope that the time for change has come, that America and Americans of all colors, creeds and faiths will embrace metanoia,

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Bearing the Seeds of New Life

Posted by Noelle, May 4, 2016

One of the more vivid images in scripture is that of the mustard seed, the tiny seed capable of growing into a majestic tree. Jesus offers the mustard seed as a metaphor or illustration suggesting that this tiniest of seeds can produce a great flourishing, abundant shelter for more feathered friends than could be imagined.     

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Beginning again; and again; and again in hopes of change

Posted by Noelle, February 24, 2016

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."  Little Gidding

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What Will You Notice Today?

Posted by Noelle, December 8, 2015

The time of Advent and the days leading up to Christmas is a provocative time.  When I say, provocative, I do not mean the sensation of something provoking us, an irritant when the stressors of the season get under our skin.  But instead and in keeping with the Latin root of the word, provocative (pro-vocare) this is a time to “to call forth” raise one’s voice for something, to lift up one’s voice in support of an issue, cause or concern. 

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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Crazy

Posted by Noelle, November 19, 2015

Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas is an opportunity and a blessing.  By it we are invited to reset our calendars and priorities.  For some, however, beginning a new liturgical year the first Sunday of Advent (Thanksgiving weekend) represents the onset of hustle and bustle, the cacophony of musts and shoulds, as well as regret.  Too much, too fast, too crazy. 

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