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Notes from Jan

When Once Is Not Enough

Apparently, according to my children and Grands, I have one of the “gifts” of aging. I repeat myself. And, even as I write, I know I shared this with you before. But God seems to agree that once is not enough. Since God, also,…

May 7, 2024
Notes from Jan

God’s Four Letter Words

God uses some four letter words. Really. Words like: Come, Seek, Heal and Walk. What started me thinking about this was a recent invitation to teach adult Sunday School at Essex Congregational Church. I needed a title and something to lure folks to wake…

April 30, 2024
Notes from Jan

Feeling A Little Like Scrooge

Remember when old Ebenezer awoke from those troubling dreams and found out he hadn’t missed Christmas after all? Well, that’s a little like how I felt after I returned from my recent travels. I thought I missed spring. But I didn’t. While we’re not…

April 23, 2024
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It’s About Time

Fill in the blank. It’s about time to…. Or it’s about time you… Maybe it’s about time they… Or I don’t have time for… But, in the end, it’s about how we choose to use or waste the time of our lives. As much…

April 15, 2024
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Something Worth Remembering While We Wait

Before flying to California, I flipped the calendar to April. I like doing that, just not as often. Minutes and days used to fly by. Now, it’s months and years. But back to the calendar in my kitchen. April showed a bouquet of springtime…

April 5, 2024
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You Are Not Alone

Today’s Friday. Good Friday. But it didn’t look good back when Jesus hung on a cross, his disciples scattered and evil appeared triumphant. And, for sure, it doesn’t look all that good today for hungry, terrified, beat-down folks in Haiti, Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, Sudan…

March 29, 2024
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Scars, Stories and an Old Familiar Song

Scars tell stories. We all have them, although most aren’t visible. But they all matter. They’re part of who we are. And I suppose that’s why I found myself singing and crying (I know, I’m a mess.) as I drove to my book group…

March 22, 2024
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Have You Got A Minute?

This question comes from someone wanting more than a minute. They want me. And often it comes from one who is suffering or troubled about an issue or person. How do I respond? Not always well, which I’m learning from the book we’re studying…

March 16, 2024
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Let’s Face It

Actually, I don’t want to face it. Which, in this case, is me. Well, I don’t mean to sound grim, like it’s over and turn maudlin. There’s enough of that going around. It’s just that, for now, I’m avoiding all mirrors. Well, to clarify,…

March 8, 2024
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A Simple Question

What are you giving up for Lent? Well, I answered, “I was so into getting ready to fly to Ireland, I didn’t give up anything but some money.” And then I remembered reading something and added “I’m giving up on giving up.” I don’t…

March 3, 2024
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