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  • Do You Want to Get Well?

    by Rian Adams
    A friend of mine is a retired Episcopal priest, but he was also a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for over four decades. We have the best talks when I visit. Once he told me a story of a patient who would make a significant step forward, then step backward. This repeatedly happened over a year. She would finally process her relationship with her father, only to find another reason to get mad at him again. My friend said, “Then one day I was so bored I went to sleep. When she realized I was asleep, she lost it and screamed at me. I woke up, looked at her, and I said, ‘did I make you angry?’. It infuriated her, and she said, ‘Yes, I’m paying you by the hour, and here you sit, asleep.’ ” That’s when he smiled and said, “Then I said, ‘Now you’ve just confronted your father in the room, we can get some work done.’ “Then I asked her, ‘Do you want to get well?’ “ It’s hard to believe, but not all people want to get well or find healing for the soul...
  • Circumstances Are Not Crippling

    by Sylvia Alloway
    Most people have heard of Joni Eareckson Tada, the woman who’s arms and legs entered paralysis at 17 after breaking her neck in a diving accident. It is hard to imagine how a young athlete could deal with the fact that she was not going to be healed, but famously, Joni did. Rather than being physically healed, she learned to paint by holding the brush in her mouth. She founded “Joni and Friends,” a ministry that helps persons with disabilities and their families reach independence, physically, financially, and spiritually. Does that mean that Joni is spiritually more confident and that her disability no longer leads her to experience sadness or uncertainty? Not at all. In a meditation she wrote on the 50th anniversary of her accident she confesses her early despair and the ways she tried dealing with it: drinking and socializing with “dark companions” – and how the memory of those days still haunts her. The efforts of Christian friends, who studied the Bible with her, included her in their social events, and shared words of wisdom with her, saw Joni as a person with many gifts to offer the world and helped her see them in herself as well...
  • Easter 6C (2019)

    by Aisha Brooks-Lytle
  • One Day by the Pool

    by R. Lee Carter
  • Exegesis (John 5:1-9)

    by Richard Donovan
  • The Gift of Faith

    by Evan Garner
  • Healing Perspective

    by Evan Garner
  • Easter 6C (2019)

    by Gary Neal Hansen
  • Sabbath Healing

    by Janet Hunt
  • Pools of Excuses

    by Jim McCrea
  • Pick Up Your Excuses

    by Steve Pankey
  • Unafraid: Fear and Change

    by Beth Quick
    In the 90's film You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Ryan’s character Kathleen Kelly gives a great monologue about grief and change in the film. She’s the owner of a small bookstore that ends up closing when Hank’s characters large chain bookstore Fox Books moves into town. Reflecting on what’s happened, she says, “People are always saying that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened. My store is closing this week. I own a store, did I ever tell you that? It's a lovely store, and in a week it'll be something really depressing, like a Baby Gap. Soon, it'll be just a memory. In fact, someone, some foolish person, will probably think it's a tribute to this city, the way it keeps changing on you, the way you can never count on it, or something. I know because that's the sort of thing I'm always saying. But the truth is... I'm heartbroken. I feel as if a part of me has died, and my mother has died all over again, and no one can ever make it right.” It is very normal to feel anxious about change. It would be more surprising if you weren’t anxious when a major change was ahead. The problem comes in when we let that fear or anxiety about change keep us stuck in one place, when we keep waiting for the perfect moment to embrace change, only that moment never comes, when we’re paralyzed from our anxiety or anticipatory grief or outright fear...
  • Holy Mischief

    by Ryan Young

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  • Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

    by Thomas Boomershine
  • Take Me to the Water!

    by Jerry Carpenter
  • Time to Get Going

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Helplessness

    by Evan Garner
  • Easter 6C

    by Elisabeth Johnson
  • Grace Personified

    by Jim McCrea
    Some years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle had a front page article about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.
    She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of rope wrapped around her body, her tail and her torso, as well as a line tugging on her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands, which are 27 miles out to sea from San Francisco. So he radioed an environmental group to get help.
    Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so severely entangled that the only way to save her was to dive into the water and cut her loose. That’s a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.
    The divers worked for hours with their curved knives and were eventually able to free her. At that moment, the divers say she swam in what seemed to be joyous circles. She then came back to every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, gently pushing them around to thank them. Some of them said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The man who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he said that he would never be the same.
  • A Complicated Healing

    by Leah Lyman Waldron

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  • A Mountain High

    by Keith Wagner
    ("Nido Qubein tells the story about a business man whose dime store prospered. But, one day he was taken ill and his life would be ending soon. He called his three adult children together and gave them this challenge: 'One of you will be president of my company and to determine which one I am giving you each one dollar..." and another illustration)