Gretchen

Be Perfect

Matthew 5:38-48   38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your … Continue reading

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Overload

I could see this collision coming from a mile away.  As I was walking out of the gym, trapped between the door and a handful of people navigating in and out of the cold, a young woman plowed into me.  Even for one moment she couldn’t be bothered to look up from her phone.  She … Continue reading

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Eucharisteo

In the beginning was this Word. This Word that grew and swelled bursting seams and cracking the hard fickle coating.  Like an idea growing that cannot be ignored this Word came to the lips of humanity.  Some choked it back and swallowed deep tears, others turned their backs and denied its power. But still others dared … Continue reading

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In a Crowd of Lonely

Life in northern Minnesota has its challenges.  You may encounter a blizzard by Thanksgiving and you may end up rushing through your Christmas shopping in -15 degree temps.  When the desperate and cold mumble under their breath something about wondering why they are living in such a God forsaken place, the heartier stock say, “But … Continue reading

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What Happens Next

I heard a story recently about the last Christmas that a colleague spent with her family.  Her brother, having considered himself graduated from the church at his confirmation, had only made it back infrequently for things like weddings, funerals, and the occasional Christmas service.   But none-the-less, his mother decided that a very appropriate gift for … Continue reading