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Crying Out To God - April 3, 2015 (Good Friday Meditation 1)

Mark 15:34

You may have noted that to come up with seven last words of Christ we have to pull from three different gospels. By the end of this service we will have read three texts from Luke, three from John, and one from Mark. The Mark text could also have come from Matthew. Pulling them all together is kind of like making a patchwork quilt. The script does not naturally flow from one to the other on its own. Taken together, however, the Gospels give us a rich look at Jesus' experience on the cross.

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Bed Time Prayers and Death Bed Prayers - April 3, 2015 (Good Friday Meditation 2)

Luke 23: 44-47

Have you ever thought about the words to lullabies and bed time prayers?
Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Then there's,
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

I did not grow up with bed time prayers, though I'm sure my mother sang lullabies to me, probably including Rock-a-bye baby. I've sung it to young children myself, but honestly, what was I thinking? These words are terrifying. It's a wonder children get any sleep at all.

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Life Comes From Death - March 22, 2015

John 12:20-33

Death often seems to dominate the news. We hear about the gruesome executions of people which are conducted by terrorists like the Islamic State, about dozens killed by suicide bombers, of mass shootings here in our own country, and the suicide rate among veterans. Such deaths are tragic and hard for us to understand. We are revolted and horrified.
It is hard to get away from news about these awful deaths because their stories are played over and over on TV. They become fodder for endless discussions on social media. When we hosted the Community Vigil the day after the January 10th shootings, I lost track of the number of news crews who came, some from Boise or beyond. I welcomed them to the Vigil and I was glad to hear they were asked not to be present at the memorial services. There was a time and a place for publicity and a time and place for privacy.

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A Million Reasons To Believe - March 15, 2015

Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:8-10
John 3:14-21

"A million reasons to believe," Macy's Department Store promoted during the 2013 Christmas shopping season. I enjoy buying gifts for my loved ones. Much as I reject the commercialization of Christmas, I like seeing brightly wrapped packages piled high under the Christmas tree.
I do wonder a bit at the branding of believe.
"Believe in Seattle," is a logo available on Seattle Seahawks merchandise. I'm happy the Seahawks did so well again this year. Again, I do struggle with the branding of believe.
I'd have to sit down with the marketing teams of Macy's and the Seahawks to learn for sure just what they mean by believe. Miriam Webster defines believe as "to accept something as true, genuine, or real," or "to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability." I believe in Santa Claus. I believe the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for a third time next year.

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The Way of the Cross - March 1, 2015

Mark 8: 31-38

Last week our Gospel lesson sent us out to the wilderness where Jesus spent forty days being tempted by the devil. I noted that the Gospel of Mark's telling of the story is sparse in detail and rich in meaning. "He was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on him," Mark says, taking us all the way back to the Garden of Eden where Adam named the beasts, one of whom became the agent of his temptation. Jesus rewrote that script by resisting temptation. "Get behind me, Satan!" he might have said.
From that point on Jesus began his ministry. He proclaimed the kingdom of God, healed many, taught in parables, walked on water, performed other miracles, and welcomed the outcast. Along the way he stood up to his critics. He appears as a wise teacher, a caring helper, and a worker of miracles. "Follow me," he says to some fisherfolk, among others, and really, who wouldn't want to follow someone like Jesus?

Read more: The Way of the Cross - March 1, 2015

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