Category Archives: Faith

Starling Feathers

On the tall maple tree on the south side of our house hangs several bird feeders. Every morning I stand at the window and watch the swarming. My eyes search for the downy woodpeckers, the chickadees, and the flashy male … Continue reading

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Advent 2 A: Christ is Here! Christ Shall Come Again!

The lessons for the Second Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Isaiah 11:1–10 Psalm                    Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19 New Testament     Romans 15:4–13 Gospel                   Matthew 3:1–12 I’m willing to bet that when the prophet Isaiah pronounced this famous … Continue reading

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Pentecost 19C: Plagues and Promises

The lessons for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Jeremiah 31:27–34 Psalm                    Psalm 119:97–104 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Genesis 32:22–31 Psalm                    Psalm 121 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 18 C: What is Worth the Risk?

The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament            Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7 Psalm Psalm 66:1–12 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament            2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c Psalm   Psalm … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear: Another Everyday Miracle

Everybody’s favorite weather predicting caterpillar, the wooly bear, makes its way around Heatherhope Farm these beautiful autumn days. We are often disappointed to find out that its purported miraculous weather prognostication is a bust. A wide brown patch doesn’t always … Continue reading

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Pentecost 16 C: The Group Mind of the Church

Instead of my normal practice of reflecting on one or more readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, this week, and since we will be welcoming new members to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, I have chosen to … Continue reading

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Pentecost 3 C: Free to Love

The readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14 Psalm                    Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      1 Kings 19:15–16, … Continue reading

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Breakfast Guest

Breakfast at Heatherhope is a reward for completion of morning chores, prayer-of-thanks time for the long chain of harvest to truck to mill to truck again to middleman to grocery to cereal bowl…and a time for coffee brain and deep … Continue reading

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Easter 3C: Life, Not the Pandemic, Will Win

The Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter are: First Reading        Acts 9:1–6 (7–20) Psalm                    Psalm 30 New Testament      Revelation 5:11–14 Gospel                   John 21:1–19 I was 30 years old. My son was four. I was in … Continue reading

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Easter 2 C: Peace in Action: Forgiving and Not Forgiving

The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter are: First Reading         Acts 5:27–32 Psalm                    Psalm 118:14–29 or Psalm 150 New Testament     Revelation 1:4–8 Gospel                   John 20:19–31 The pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus was right when he … Continue reading

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