Lent 8 – Invitation to Come Home

Drops of sweat blurred his vision, but he didn’t slow his pace.  He didn’t even notice when people pointed and stared as he passed by – he was simply too busy rehearsing his speech.  This was his last option, the only way out of the pit he had dug for himself.  It felt like a lifetime since he’d been home.  Would his family even speak to him? He dreaded the look of...
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Lent Part 7 – Invitation to Waste Time

True confession – I’m not very good at wasting time. I know what you’re thinking: how shameful!  But before you judge me, let me just say that I’m better at it than I used to be.  That’s because I’m in a recovery program and it’s beginning to take effect. Some of the activities in this program involve staring at the flowers outside my window, slowly...
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Lent Part 6 – Invitation to Use the “S” Word (Sacrifice)

I once used the “S” word with my son, and he recoiled as though I’d slapped him across the face.  The “S” word has definitely fallen into disrepute in recent years, and my son’s reaction reflected that.  The word I’m talking about is sacrifice, and it’s almost become a swear word in our culture. With tears in his eyes, he asked accusingly,...
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Lent Part 5 – Invitation to Care Less

Drip, drip, drip… That’s the dailyness of life slowly eroding your heart.  Whoosh, crash, roar… Here comes a raging river of tragedy sweeping you downstream in a torrent of whitewater.  Sound familiar? Whether it’s the ongoing press of life or the sudden intensity of a crisis, we all know what it’s like to be weighed down with cares.  That’s why we find...
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Lent Part 4 – Invitation to UnMask

Recently my family was getting ready to go somewhere and I said, “Give me a minute – I’ve got to put my makeup on.”  At that point my 11-year-old blurted out, “There’s Adam and Eve’s Apple for you.”  I turned and looked him in the eye to see if he had really just made the deep theological comment that I thought he’d made.  Sure enough. ...
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