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January 2022 - As the Rain and Snow Come Down from Heaven…

Early in this new year, we were on the receiving end of some major snow nearly a foot! which caused some of the worst traffic backups imaginable in the metro Washington, DC, area. In fact, these snow-related traffic issues made the national news as we watched a 40+ mile backup on I-95 with people stranded in their vehicles for 24 hours. Our hearts went out to these stran...

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December 2021 - Waiting

If there's one thing most of us do not like, it's waiting. The time spent waiting seems to be such a waste as we think all the other, more productive things that we could be doing. But we do spend a lot of time waiting. Maybe it's waiting for medical test results to come back. Maybe it's waiting for a long-anticipated trip. Maybe it's waiting for better days to come. Of co...

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November 2021 - Returning to Give Thanks

It's November, and our thoughts turn to the Thanksgiving holiday later this month. Sadly, there can be fear and trepidation that go along with Thanksgiving, or any big holiday gathering. Lurking behind the turkey with all the trimmings are fears of conversations around the dinner table that can go off the rails. There can be disagreements or even arguments around the table...

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October 2021 - What's Reformation

What's Reformation? Some years ago, a dedicated office staff member was hunting for a bulletin cover for Reformation Sunday in late October. Not finding anything in the various catalogues, a phone call was placed to a Lutheran publishing and church supply house (which shall remain anonymous) to see if anything was available that was not listed in the catalogue or on-line....

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September 2021 - Living With Uncertainty

It's September, and normally that brings with it a flurry of activity as we return to work and school. But of course, things are not normal. We continue to live with a great deal of uncertainty in life with things like the surge in Delta variant cases of COVID across the country. The "no mask mandate" for schools in a number of states, signed by governors who are now tryin...

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Wind Driven Energy

Last month, my wife and I traveled to our home state of Iowa for a family wedding, as well as to see all the members of each of our families. It was a wonderful and blessed time away. Besides being incredibly hot while there, I noticed that the landscape has changed dramatically since we were there last in January 2019 when my mother passed away. On many of the farms outsi...

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July 2021 - Rest A While

Ah summertime. Things are different this year than last year, and people are venturing forth to find places of refreshment and renewal. By land, air, and sea, people are going to the beach, the mountains, and making family visits that were delayed because of COVID-19. We're more than ready for a change of scenery and some time away. In his earthly life and ministry, Jesus...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go

People of a certain generation (read: my generation) will remember the 1982 hit, "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", by the punk rock band, The Clash (should i stay or should i go - Bing video). For some, that might be ancient history. For others (like myself), it seems like yesterday. As we head into the summer months and start to reclaim a bit of normalcy in our lives follo...

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May 2021 - Come, Holy Spirit

Recently, I had a conversation with someone who asked me about the Holy Spirit. Like me, this individual grew up in church as a Lutheran, and yet, was uncertain about who the Spirit is and what the Spirit does. Maybe you find yourself asking similar questions, and if so, you're not alone. There are two great mysteries in the Christian faith: the Incarnation of God becoming...

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April 2021 - PTSD vs. PTG

This month of April marks the central festival of the Christian faith, which is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, or Easter. Easter Sunday this year is celebrated on Sunday, April 4 by the western Church (following the Gregorian calendar), but in the eastern Church (which follows the older Julian calendar), Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, May 2. The formula w...

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