Category Archives: grief and bereavement

Prayer of Confession

I wrote and prayed this Prayer of Confession tonight. While I was on mission trip last week Rev. Dr. Andy Mangum, Pastor, First Christian Church, Arlington, Texas called asking me to participate in the prayer vigil. Andy is a dear … Continue reading

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The advantage of waiting to tell a family story until you are back at your home away from the rest of the extended family is you get to tell it your way without their corrections. And those who know me … Continue reading

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well said

Elizabeth Edwards wrote an incredible article reflecting on the death of Tony Snow. Be sure you read it

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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Now that the funeral service is all over, let me say it was an adventure finding a pianist. Our fabulous pianist was already committed to rehearsals accompanying students practicing for solo competition. Many other capable pianists were involved in a … Continue reading

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Sat 5/3

On Saturday, instead of attending the last class session for my last doctoral class, I will be officiating the service for a 30 year old who was murdered. There are way more questions than answers. His grandmother is one of … Continue reading

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Madeleine L’Engle

One of my favorite authors, Madeleine L’Engle, died yesterday. I just found out. It makes me sad. The New York Times article ends: “Why does anybody tell a story?” Ms. L’Engle once asked, even though she knew the answer. “It … Continue reading

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Lord, hear our prayer

The following was forwarded to me through a couple of different lists. The message without the forwarding mess is below. Urgent Prayer Request for the South Korean hostages held in Afghanistan:We have received an urgent prayer request from Bishop Kyung … Continue reading

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