Confession of Greed

You may have noticed the abundance of red and green, carols, news stories mentioning Jesus and Santa, all that sort of stuff. Every year we are inundated with Christmas. Our culture gives in to two extreme ideals in December. One option is to succumb to the rampant commercialization of Christmas, which makes you greedy and a heretic. The other option is to become holier-than-thou, seeing Christmas as just about giving to those in need and not getting. When taken to the extreme, you end up making people feel guilty for wanting to give expensive gifts to kids, instead of say, serving at a homeless shelter or giving money to charity.

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Reflections on Greed

A new series of devotions of sort, but I will call them "Reflections." I will be taking an inspirational lyric (usually Avett Brothers or Pearl Jam) and a scripture, then reflecting on their common theme and how it relates to every day life. 

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Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Fifty years ago this week one of the largest protests in American history took place, The Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march incorporated many speakers, including the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, almost 100 years after millions of slaves were emancipated by President Lincoln, and declared "I have a dream..."

These are my reflections... 

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Meeting Neighbors to Love Neighbors

I’m terrified. And I can unequivocally speak for my husband as well and say he is terrified.

We’ve lived in the same neighborhood for over six years and have only talked to our neighbors twice and each interaction lasted about 10 seconds. 

Our first interaction occurred when we were moving in. The sweet elderly lady across the street offered to let our guests use her driveway.  We smiled and said thank you but did not take her up on her generosity. And we never spoke again.

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The Hope of Summer

I love summer more than I usually let on.  I used to complain about the heat and the bees, but each summer that passes I realize it’s actually a time for renewal. This time of year for Rich and I has become a combination of busyness and rest. Friends and family, vacation and trips, and this year is no different!

But in the past few years, summer has also coincided with pinnacle moments in our family-building journey. 

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The Tension of a Witness

I am biased.

As objective as my Libra brain wants to be, and attempts to be on many occasions (often to the point of playing Devil’s Advocate just for the sake of it), I have strong opinions on certain things.

When those opinions are challenged, it can feel very… well, uncomfortable.

This recently happened when I had a visceral reaction to the use of the word “witness.” Not the “witness” from Harrison Ford filmography, or Law and Order procedurals, but 
“witness” from a Christian.

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