Lent Season: On the Way

Lent: On the way… The Lamb, on way to slaughter, Heard a cry and paused to see A woman, bent quite out of shape, Grounded in defeat. This Lamb, a Shepherd, too, by trade, Strode into sinagogue; Called, touched, and healed desperate one, Who’d lived a life so mocked. While...

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Lent Season: The Wilderness

1st Sunday – LENT This wilderness is beautiful, Not arid miles of sand; Yet Satan prowls ‘mid lovely greens; In wilderness I am. Here will I choose God’s truth-filled Word, Claiming peace and power, Or struggle still within the webs Of earth-bound murky hours? By God’s grace I choose to...

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Lent Season: 40 Days

LENT (40 days) LENT in the Church Calendar provides an opportunity to focus on and identify with Jesus’ suffering. Perhaps the number “40” comes from the 40 days that Moses, Elijah, and especially Jesus Christ each spent in the wilderness (Ex 34:28; 1 Kings 19:8; Mat 4:2). Though it is...

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Epiphany Season: Unimaginable

Unimaginable… Snow in the Sahara? Normally unseen; But what is that To our Good God, Who colors and redeems? Who triples painted rainbows, Sets the sun in brilliance deep, Who moves among the minarets, Who calls by name His sheep. God’s love for peoples-nations, Expressed through all of time, Oh,...

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Epiphany Season: Sacred Journey

sacred journey… Bend, polish, Scrub and shine; Vacuum, tidy, Choose and bind That which clutters, Into a sack; What gives life – keep, No looking back. “A sacred journey,” She would say, “So discard well, Be on your way With space for God, Teacher, Guide;” I’ll see Him oft, At...

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Epiphany Season: In the Desert

In the desert… Abram walked and talked with God, Hagar heard the Voice, Jacob dreamed with angels, Moses faced life’s choice. David wailed for God’s defense, John proclaimed Good News; Jesus proved the Word’s great power, Paul: reshaped there, too. Oh Lord, the wilderness is vast, The wilderness is grand;...

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Epiphany Season: Focus

focus… Let me “listen with the ear of my heart;” As I walk through this day, We are one from the start. Though violence, vice, vindictiveness, Circled ’round the Christ, Steadied in the Father’s love, He stayed on course; paid the price. I, too, am the beloved, And my Beloved’s...

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Epiphany Season: At All Times

at all times… Our cries arise, For loved ones far, God hears, we wait; Gaze at His stars. We pray, God works; We doubt, don’t see, Yet Christ alone, Remembers pleas. His promises Are Yes, Amen; He fills those up; We rise again! copyright, 2/8/2017, Ruth Tuttle Conard Psalm 147:4...

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Epiphany Season: Dance…

To dwell in Your Word, Lord, Allows me to breathe; To stay in the Written, Brings laughter from grief. Hope now arises, Joy unexplained, As I glimpse the Eternal, One and the Same. My worries seem petty, The world still turns; For You are my Lover, So we dance an...

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Epiphany Season: Name

I come away to hear again, The Love from which I came; Before He placed me in her womb, God called me by my name. It takes the still – away from task, The hours fanned out slow, For me to quiet down within, Then hear the Voice I know....

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