1.1.20 New Year Joys

Joy in the New Year (Sick Edition): With the toll of parents being ill, stir crazy kiddos, and the prospect of trying to get back in the rhythm of things, looking for joy is a must. Because my “Call to Joy” spiritual practice of balloon pastoring is a daily event–whether or not I am on…

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12.30.19 A String of Illness

Hi, Friends, Illness has been making its way through my house. I have a persistent night cough that I’ve been trying to shake. Flapping on the damp corner has not felt like the best option Friday or today. So, I’ve been trying to heal up. My mother and father have been visiting from Tennessee and…

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12.26.19 Sidekick

My daughter let me be her sidekick today.  We broke out the environmentally friendly bag of balloons. She chose a purple one. We found her hat with the poof on top. I secured her balloon and she wanted to make extra sure that her string wouldn’t fly off her wrist so we tied it on…

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12.24.19 Christmas Eve

A Full Day out there. A beautiful, sunny Christmas Eve. Bear with me for the blessings: Santa Jack Santa Jack’s visit to the corner. Chaplain Jack of my congregation has been walking the Columbia Mall to keep up his health. He looks like Santa and wears a hat and sometimes the full suit as we…

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12.23.19 Runaway Balloon

Confession… Friends, I started the wave today with a red balloon. Imagine my dismay when fifteen minutes later I looked down and realized that my balloon was no longer there. The string must of come loose and off it flew! Ahh bullocks… I didn’t mean to send off the balloon into the environment! Penance required!…

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12.20.19 Running By

Two formations of geese waved today flying nearly directly overhead. Their soaring in the sunset was a marvel. I encounted A. again upon the walk from her work. She smiled and said, “So, I’ll get to be seeing you all the time now, Pastor?” … At the end of my time as I was turning…

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The Painted Prayerbook

Artist and author Jan Richardson explores the intersections of word, image, and faith.

Kittamaqundi Community Church

at historic Oliver's Carriage House