Mary’s story, our story

Dec 17, 2018 by

While the star of every Christmas pageant is the Christ child, the Best Supporting Actress nod goes to Mary. The baby, whether a doll or an unpredictable infant, is just so hard to see from way in back. But...

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How to celebrate Advent like Mary

Dec 5, 2016 by

To celebrate Jesus’ coming, Mary did not light Advent candles or put up a Christmas tree. Not that there’s anything wrong with these things. At church, we’re counting the four weeks before Christmas by...

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Bible: Two blessed mothers in Israel

Nov 21, 2016 by

What was Mary thinking, on what seemed like an ordinary day as she went about her household duties feeding the animals or spinning wool? How should a girl in everyday clothes and a dirty apron relate to a...

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Subversive women in Judean hills

Jul 18, 2016 by

Fleeing violence in her native Honduras, Maria made her way through Guate­mala and Mexico to Indiana and our congregation in Elkhart. Now she daily awaits word that a nephew has safely completed the same...

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God’s work means changing the way things are

Dec 10, 2014 by

During a retreat several weeks ago, we were invited to sit with Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “Three Times My Life Has Opened,” to reflect and journal about three significant transition points in our lives....

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Mary at the foot of the cross

Apr 28, 2014 by

As we experience another Easter season, I’m thinking of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I know, she’s not the first biblical figure who comes to mind at this time of year — we tend to associate her almost...

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