Category Archives: Grief

Were you there?

None of us were there. We only know the ancient story from those who were. If we had been, we would not have kept his death from happening. What I trust is this. God was there. My God. Our God. Our God who knows what it’s like to lose a son. Continue reading

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Two Miracles …

Jesus heard the news of his friend, and it affected him. Deeply. The more I think about that, the more connected I feel to him. The closer I feel to God. That brings me comfort, and I hope you feel that too. But there is even more good news. Jesus didn’t stay there. In that lonely place Continue reading

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Fragments of the whole …

The following contains excerpts from the sermon I preached Sunday, May 4, 2014.  It was my first Sunday back in the pulpit after bereavement leave following the loss of my son.  I began with many thank-yous to the staff and … Continue reading

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Pastor. Parent. Activist.

It’s my tagline on Twitter.  Three descriptors of who I am for the readers of this blog.  Three words that could be put in any order.  On any given day, I’m living into all three.  They are roles that complement … Continue reading

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Not this year …

I had the privilege once of being present at a celebration of 65 years of ordained ministry.  I’ve been present for a few 50 year ordination anniversaries.   Those milestones will not happen for me.  God waited until I was … Continue reading

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He was watching his mother watching him die …

Today I will preach the Third Word at the Seven Last Words of Christ ecumenical Good Friday service in Cleveland Heights.  I appreciate the invitation each year.  This year in the wake of the Newtown Shootings and my church’s commitment … Continue reading

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