May 27, 2020

Image:Barbara Ryther Compline has Become My SolaceBarbara Kautz Fifty years ago I was a 2LT in the Army Nurse Corps, assigned to a neuro-surgical ICU in Vietnam, working 12-hour shifts, six days a week in a windowless Quonset hut. Our ICU was considered the worst...

6th Sunday of Easter, May 20, 2020

Acts 17:22-31 John 14:15-21 Just after I graduated from college, I spent over a year working with my Great Uncle doing carpentry and cabinetmaking work to restore the chapel of a Lutheran church in North Carolina. We did everything from casting plaster moldings to...

May 20, 2020

Image:Nina Bisognani The Rocky BeachSudie Blanchard When first birthedFrom its mother rockEach stone was sharp, jagged, unbending. Now, eons of storms and pounding surfHave rounded the edges,Smoothed the surfaces. Each stone different.Some black, others white—Speckled...

5th Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020

John 14:1-14 This passage holds what are, for me, some of the sweetest words in the Gospels, when Jesus reckons with the limits of what the disciples can grasp and simply turns them to their trust in him:.“If it were not so, I would have told you,” he says. That is...

May 13, 2020

Image:Barbara Ryther Easter Kathryn Yingst I remember when my daughter was younger, she had asked what Easter was about. I gave her the historical context; I shared our Christian belief in the Resurrection. But I also tried to convey a deeper sense of the symbolism....