Thought Train

My train of thought can be a bit confusing to follow, but this really is pretty much how I think. If anything profound is written, that's not my fault.

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"Welcome home"

“Welcome home”

This is Welcome Week at my university, and everywhere I turn I hear “Welcome home.”

It started Sunday afternoon. I said goodbye to my mom and snuck in late to a chapel service…sitting down just in time to hear the prayer of confession leading into Communion.  I cried, because in that room I was surrounded by treasured friends and mentors, and the Spirit whispered, “Welcome home.”  I’m home at…

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Hello again!

Sometimes things happen unexpectedly. For instance, vacation’s limited internet access (meaning no Netflix–aaaaaaaah how did we ever survive?!) devolved into no internet access (meaning I checked my email yesterday for the first time in a week).

I didn’t discover that the internet was down until a couple days after it happened because on night 2 I was just so tired and overstimulated that I…

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"Come with me."

“Come with me.”

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At long last, here comes my first true Whovian-Christian post!

First, check out this video to get a general idea of the show (or fangirl if you’re a Whovian and haven’t seen this yet): 

Fans squeal for the moment when the Doctor first decides to invite a new companion into the TARDIS. “Come with me,” he says, with one hand reaching…

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I’m so tired …also Lion King is stuck in my head

I’m so tired …also Lion King is stuck in my head

You will be reading this as I finish up the second week of helping with band camp. I wrote it over the weekend when I had a few hours of consciousness when I was at home and not exhausted beyond all hope of functional thought.  People tire me, with very few exceptions. That doesn’t mean I dislike people; it just means I need alone time to recover the energy I give away.  If you’re not sure what I…

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Jesus is for lease

Jesus is for lease

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A friend sent this image to me from the world of Tumblr.  I had a good laugh, but it made me wonder how true this is.  Is Jesus for lease?

Good gracious, no!  Jesus defies societal expectations and speaks up for all the people whose voices we try so hard to ignore.  If anything, he’s available to the lowest bidders, the ones who couldn’t possibly afford a savior (or a carpenter, for that matter.)

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Everything is not going to be okay.

Everything is not going to be okay.

Everything is not going to be okay. Some things will fall to pieces. Endings are as much a part of life as beginnings. Some things just won’t work out. Some will work exactly as planned, but they might not be all you hoped or expected. Some things will work out completely differently from the way you hoped they would, and many times these are the best plot twists in your life. Some things will be…

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Liturgy requests?

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There’s a first Sunday coming up, and for many churches that means it’s Communion Sunday for the first time since last month. (How do you manage, waiting weeks and weeks for the chance to celebrate a sacrament?!)

Pastors/worship planners: If you know where the service is headed this week and would like a Great Thanksgiving liturgy to complement the rest of the service, let me know and I’ll be…

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Keep the banana! …It’s an excellent source of potassium.

Keep the banana! …It’s an excellent source of potassium.

My inner Whovian is showing in this post, but it’s really about an experience that happened in 2009, before I knew Doctor Who existed.  It just happens to involve bananas.

I was traveling, and stayed the night at the home of one of my new friends from the trip.  Her parents asked ahead of time what sort of food I like for breakfast, and I mentioned bananas in that list.  Sure enough, when we…

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My dog ate my glasses

My dog ate my glasses

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Good grief. Eating homework would be far too simple; he had to go and take away my very ability to do the homework/play my audition pieces/see the show I’m running this weekend/not have a headache all day/drive.  It was partly my fault for leaving my glasses on the floor, yes. But believe or not, I’m not used to losing stuff to Duke the devourer just because it was on the floor.

Naturally, I just…

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Just for Fun: Hedgehogs, elephants, and giraffes, oh my!

Just for Fun: Hedgehogs, elephants, and giraffes, oh my!

I just spontaneously remembered a great conversation from my first full day in Taize.  The disinfection squad got together for the first time. Our fearless leader Philip did not yet realize that the four of us had all come with the same group, and we sat down for a brief get-to-know-you conversation.  It went like this:

Philip: So, let’s say your name, where you’re from, and …today, how about…

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The mystery of faith

The mystery of faith

…as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

And then we all say: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Tell me, how is that a mystery?  We just stated three things. Yes, two out of three require a good deal of faith to believe, but they’re kind of the least mysterious things in the world of the Christian faith!  Either they happened/will happen or they didn’t/won’t.  Yes, they’re…

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