Lessons from Growing Seeds

I haven’t planted flower seeds in a long time. So I smiled this spring, on Mother’s Day, when my daughter gave me six packets of seeds. I read the instructions carefully: just scatter the wildflower seeds; soak the sweet pea seeds for a day first; plant the zinnias and snapdragons and poppies right away, just under the surface of the soil. Then leave them be and let Mother Earth do her job.

This spring I also took a class at Dayspring ...

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Fragments

Lent – Year B – Mark 14:1-15:47

For the past few years, I have sensed death wanting to be my friend. You know the type. “Let’s hang out more,” she says, “get better acquainted!” But I already have plenty of friends, a busy life, and the truth is, I’m just not that into her. Yet there she is, shuffling along behind me, showing up when I least want her around, throwing her arms around my shoulders to show how close we ...

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Grow Up

For Sunday, November 15, 2015 – Mark 13:1-8

We get the idea that maturity means laying down childish illusions and accepting hard realities. “Grow up!” we say, meaning stop fantasizing about having an easy life and resign yourself to the life that is. Jesus, too, wants us to grow up—to become mature children of God—but his way is different from ours. He does not want us to hang our heads and trudge along under the weight of our condition, or to rail ...

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