Lent, Day 24: Productive

Day 24: Productive

The following verse from Colossians came to mind: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

From time to time, I stop, think, and reflect upon these words.

Dear Lord, these are good words of Paul. Please, help me to follow them!

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Lent, Day 23: Nurture

Day 23: Nurture

Mary the Cat with Elizabeth


Our cat #MaryTheCat is sweet and affectionate.
My husband says she nestles in my lap because I am warm and nurturing, and Mary knows that I am a mama.


That may be true, but I know that Mary is a comfort to me, too.
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Lent, Day 20: Diagnose

Day 20: Diagnose

I’m working in healthcare once again; I am reminded of patients when I hear the word “diagnose.” As a hospice chaplain, the diagnoses my patients have are always very sad. 🙁

God bless all patients in hospice; God bless their families and loved ones, wherever they may be. Dear Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

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Lent, Day 19: Unproductive

Day 19: Unproductive

James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Accursed Fig Tree (Le figuier maudit), 1886-1894

Unproductive? Like the fig tree from today’s Gospel reading from Luke 13?

I have had difficulty with this parable for years. For some reason – probably because I am rather dense – the best I can do with it is think of God’s patience with me (and by application, with all of us).

Dear God, thank You for Your patience with me. Help me be as patient with others. Please.

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Lent, Day 17: Unfolding

Day 17: Unfolding

With Lent coming as the winter blossoms into spring, I can’t help but think of unfolding in association with early spring flowers.

This photo is from last spring, when my husband Kevin and I went to one of my favorite places, the Chicago Botanic Garden. Unfolding!

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Lent, Day 16: Formation

Day 16: Formation

Many classes, teachers, mentors and individuals assisted in my formation. Including 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. (Shout outs to Revs. Romy, Peter, Caroline and Mary, my CPE supervisors!) And, of course, appreciation to all 4 groups.

Yes, I spent many years in formation, and haven’t stopped yet! Thank You, Jesus, that You haven’t gotten fed up with me, either.

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Lent, Day 15: Direction

Day 15: Direction


Yesterday was the anniversary of my ordination, March 15, 2017.
What a wonderful day to remember! Certainly, a day for me to affirm the direction my life has taken for the past 20 years. My anniversary, or ordiversary (as the wonderful group RevGalBlogPals says!).
Praise God for direction.
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Lent, Day 13: Try

Day 13: Try

I remember Yoda (of “Star Wars” fame), when he told Luke: “Do, or do not. There is no try!”

Yoda’s words are disheartening to me. I honestly believe that by trying, by striving, I am doing the next right thing. Plus, I think God is pleased when I try, wholeheartedly. Thank God!

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