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Carry with You Peace and Hope

At first glance it’s easy to see that Paul is a senior citizen, maybe a senior, senior citizen even. He has a cane, hands that are gnarled, and what hair he has is snow white. All of this is taken in at a glance as you walk up to the information desk at Reston Hospital, but then, just as you lean on the counter to ask your question, you look into his eyes. Paul’s eyes twinkle – really twinkle – and they look into yours with joyful expectancy, as if ... Read More »

Sermon Response: The Voice ~ by Wendy LeBolt

“LITTLE PIG, LITTLE PIG, LET ME COME IN!” There, did you read that in a big, deep voice? Reverend Miner says, “I hope so, or you’re not a very good storyteller.” Because you want the child to get the message: when danger comes knocking, don’t let it in. Isn’t it funny how children’s fiction speaks so much truth, in a voice that sounds very much like our own? We are blessed, really, and I am not just saying that because this is a “church blog,” with preachers at Floris who ... Read More »

Sermon response: Love Casts out the What-if’s ~ Wendy LeBolt

I am not brave, though I’m braver than I used to be. I am, however, afraid. Barbara reminded us Sunday of just how many places scripture tells us to “be not afraid.” Indeed, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” ~Psalm 27:1 I had always thought if I was a good and faithful follower of Christ I should not be afraid. After all, why would I? If God is for us, ... Read More »

Sermon Response: This Year Will Be Different ~ by Wendy LeBolt

I stared at my worship bulletin yesterday and it asked me “What I really want for Christmas.” I have shopping lists already made for members of my family, friends, teachers. Don’t forget the bus driver and the mail carrier. But what do I really want? I want to give Christ the best birthday gift ever. So, what do you give the Son of God who really has all things? What would bring a smile to Jesus’ face on Christmas Day? I’m not sure, but I have 27 days, beginning today, to think about it. ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Vanity Plates

I love deciphering personalized license plates. I think it all began when I started doing the “jumbles” in the comic strips many years ago. Now, it’s second nature. A quick stroll through the Floris parking lot will  net you tons of reading material. Over the years I have written down some of my favorites.  Now, it’s easier than ever to record them since I can snap a photo with my cell phone. I try to limit how often I do this while driving. What’s amazing to me is how timely ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Just One Question

When Jesus saw that he (the teacher of the law) had answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask Him any more questions. Mark 12:33 No more questions. I’m not sure what I would do in His presence. I just watched a YouTube clip of Ashley Judd (thank you, Russ Corser, for posting it on your Facebook page) singing I Can Only Imagine. What will that be like? Will we dance? Will we sing? Will we fall ... Read More »

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