From Parishioner To Friend

My friend, Meredith, once said to me, "You have the best job."

With time, maturity, and perspective, I can look back and see that Meredith was right. Not only did I have the best job, but I still have the best job. To the degree we people can be difficult, we can also be wonderful.

Terry Everett was one of those people who made my wonderfully complex job the best--because he was wonderful in his complexity.

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Risking Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday makes me nervous.

It's not the ashes themselves that make me uneasy. It's not trying to form the perfect paste of dirt and oil that makes my heart race. It's not the the whispered comments about Lent being "too Catholic" for United Methodists that make me squirm.

What makes me nervous about Ash Wednesday are the vessels holding the muddy mix: pottery made from earth's clay and shaped into masterpieces.

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Longest Night, Favorite Day

The longest night of the year has become one of my favorite days of the year.

December 21, the Winter Solstice, sees less sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere than any other day of the year. It's the day that many communities of faith now host Blue Christmas services to minister to those who are grieving during the holidays.

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