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As Yourself

“I’m just exhausted!” she said. Between caring for her family, doing her best at work, volunteering in several organizations, she was simply exhausted. “I know I should be getting more exercise and should eat better, but when you are tired and exhausted, it just seems easier to grab something on the way home. I don’t…

Giving Voice to Thanks

The Rev. John Beaty was pastor of a small United Methodist Church of which we were members. One day in a small Bible study group he said to me, “Today you are in the transportation business, but some day I see you in the transformation business.” His was one of the voices that would play…

Hurricane Florence — Relief efforts and how you can help

Early response teams and disaster response coordinators are at the ready in the wake of Hurricane Florence. UMCOR reports that that conferences are as prepared as possible to respond to the potential damage caused by Hurricane Florence. As of yet, conditions are not ready for re-entry, and it is  not seeking teams to come to the…

Canoeing the Mountains

Over the past year, a number of clergy colleagues had recommended a book, “Canoeing the Mountains.” My stack of “recommended books” was high enough, so I was sure I didn’t need to add another book to the pile. Then our United Methodist Bishop Julius Trimble mentioned it at Annual Conference in June. There it was…

Lifelong Learners

On early mornings, I love to sit in the parsonage living room for my devotional time.  Now that school has started, one can see the yellow school buses whizzing by and picking up students in the neighborhood. I remember being excited to return to school — laying out a new dress, new school shoes, and…