Can I talk about dying?

Dear Ones, We pastor-types are probably among those most willing to talk about dying and death in a culture which would prefer NOT to discuss the subject.  In the first two weeks after my ordination, I officiated at three funerals.  That’s unusual; they usually come spaced further apart.  But I knew at the time God…

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Sacred Slant on Suffering

Dear Ones, Very special thanks to those who prayed for my dear Philip for his partial knee replacement surgery last week.  He is doing incredibly well — I know those of us who believe in the power of prayer should not be surprised, but I think his doctor was!  Whenever I asked, “Philip, where is…

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Reflections on Surgery Day

Dear Ones, Today is another surgery day in the Young household.  This time it’s my Prince Philip who is having a partial knee replacement surgery in just a few hours.  This is after 35 years of running 4 – 6 times a week for an hour or more.  We are grateful that it’s just a…

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Fasting “Fast” for Lent

Dear Ones, Can’t help but remember that last year at this time I committed to give up cancer for Lent.  It was a very powerful time!  I’d finished my bilateral mastectomy, was in the midst of some pretty nasty chemo and was facing radiation.  Cancer sort of loomed over me like a dark shadow and…

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Proper Penance

Dear Ones, It is the Season of Lent, a time before Easter when we set aside the regular busy-ness of life, turn down the volume of sounds which compete with our listening to God, and lean in to Him a little more, a little nearer, a little closer – so that when Easter comes, we…

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What a gift …

Dear Ones, I want to thank those who prayed for my doctor visits on Monday. It was kind of rigorous seeing my oncologist, my general practitioner and my plastic surgeon all in one day but God had a GREAT plan and I could see Him working in remarkable ways. And all my reports have come…

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Balanced? Not so much!

Dear Ones, No, this picture is NOT of me!  I only wish I had that kind of balance — which is what I’m writing to you about today! You see, I was walking down the hallway outside my church office the other day and found myself gently bouncing off the right side of the wall.…

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