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How Heavy is My Daily Bread?

I love bread. Especially, the Apple Scrapple from the Great Harvest Bakery. The chewy goodness of baked white bread (whole wheat doesn’t do it for me) mixed with apple and cinnamon. I eat it in great chunks on the way home from the store. Handfuls ripped right off the loaf, crumbs falling all over the front seat of my new car. I choose hunks preferentially by their endowment with cinnamon and brown sugar topping. When THAT drops on the floor it is tragic! But I’m not a bread snob. Most ... Read More »

God as a Candle

I love to read inspirational quotes and shorts from a bunch of different sources.  I get some forwarded to me or I stumble across them and I sign up to receive the ongoing daily words. Having fallen out of the desire to be inspired by them, or having hit a few that just don’t move me to the degree of the one that caused me sign up in the first place, I tend to ignore them. Suddenly the inbox if filled with them.  Too many—I’ve been spammed by God! So ... Read More »

Just Saying Hello to Jesus a Couple of Times a Day is Not Enough

Those are the words that still ring in my head almost a week after they were spoken by Bishop Cho in his opening address to the Virginia Annual Conference on Friday, June 21.  Actually, when I look at my notes they say, “Just saying hello at the dinner table is not enough”.   Dr. Cho said, “We United Methodists, clergy and laity, should pray more. We need to pray harder, longer, and deeper in such a time as this. We need to learn to do our ministry on praying knees.” So, ... Read More »

Prayer Walk by Bill Gray

So I completed the Prayer Walk. At first I must admit that I thought it pretty hokey. I mean, I pray for the church and all, and for specifics as they are needed, but walking through the building and praying? Surprise—I was surprised. You know, the building really is quite large. There are areas that I hardly ever see or use. This could be compared to my prayer life. There are areas in prayer that I’ve hardly ever gone, methods I hardly use or hear about. As I go through ... Read More »


Have you had those moments when all of a sudden a wind inside just sweeps over you? Like a warm rush. In a split second I feel my humanity. It is those moments I am so aware of my need for God; my deep desire to commune with the Creator. It’s the proverbial two by four. Christ says to me, “Where have you been? You aren’t at all centered. You are all over the place. The world is gripping you and you are letting it; seduced by the fruits of ... Read More »

Lift Your Light by Yoon Nam

The month of May is at our door step. It’s hard to believe how fast time passes. I am very excited in the month of May to “Pray in May.”  Some people compare prayer to breathing.  I understand that view of “breathing” but I think that even though we can’t survive without breathing, we can live without prayers.  I think that living without prayers as Christians is like being alive without deep breathing. We often live without enough deep breathing. I notice when I am physically or emotionally involved,  I ... Read More »

Easter People, Easter Songs by Yoon Nam

“He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all who worked so hard during Holy Week and Easter. Choir members spent many hours rehearsing and praying prayers to lift up the best music to glorify God on Good Friday night, and at ... Read More »

Calling My Name by Yoon Nam

A newspaper survey recently found that people have a tendency to give names to their smart phones and cars. As I understand, this must come from having smart phones with voices that response to their owners. I don’t have a smart phone so I haven’t made a name for any phones yet.  However, I have given names to my cars such as Grace, Little Foot, Maxie, and Dove. And yes, I talk to my car daily. A phrase from last Sunday’s sermon comes to mind, “ the good shepherd knows ... Read More »

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