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24
Sep

Screeching Computers

The old computer I usually work on is screeching like a cat. The fan that keeps it from overheating has given up the ghost. My sermon notes are on it and I’m not sure it will give them up. (I am typing this on the other computer in the house.) Fortunately, my sermon is mostly […]

23
Sep

Saturdays for a preacher

Saturdays feel different to me than other people.  For most people it is the day after the work week, to do with what you will, whether that be household chores you haven’t gotten to all week or leisure activities.  For me, Saturday is the day I must make major progress in the process of preparing […]

22
Sep

My Mother, by Terry Germann

My Mother Everybody has a mother and I am no different. My mother and I were very close throughout my life. Whenever I had a problem, she was always there to listen and give me advice. Whenever I had a joy to share with her, she was always there to celebrate it with me. When […]

22
Sep

Named and anointed; treasures hidden and discovered.

Yesterday I attended a district meeting of clergy with my oldest friend David. Usually, I must admit, I don’t much care for such gatherings. This one was better than usual. A couple of reasons come to mind: The clarity with which I began the day. The presence of my friend David (on disability, he usually […]

21
Sep

Simple Choices

Another day. A long day yesterday and another long day ahead today. How to keep focused, creative, and open. And how NOT to succumb to the darkness in its many forms: anxiety, irritability, hostility, despair.  How to choose love. When it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about. Simple choices. To consciously […]

20
Sep

Prayer and laughter

So I sat at my computer this morning for 15 minutes writing the day’s post and then the computer went awol on me and my words evaporated into cyberspace mist.  Frustrating. Also another reminder of my attachment to my own words.  When my last breath comes I will have to let go of all my […]

19
Sep

Tuesday early morning

Today is Tuesday, which for me means stumbling out the door half awake with bed head at 7 a.m. to have breakfast at a local diner with a small group of men. I’ve been doing this for years. The breakfast is so much a part of my routine that a year and a half ago […]

18
Sep

More words by a Preacher

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fact that I have been writing a sermon each week and preaching it most Sundays for the past 25 years. I mentioned in my sermon yesterday that I had calculated that this works out to something like over 500 total hours of actual preaching, or 21 straight […]

11
Aug

The Eulogy for Marian Gibson

Marian Gibson was born on October 11, 1944.  She came into this world physically challenged,  and was immediately put up for adoption by her birth mother.  Marian spent the first seven years of her life bouncing from foster home to foster home, unwanted, unloved, until finally being adopted by her mother and father at age […]

11
Feb

The Eulogy for John Jernstrom

John Jernstrom was born on December 21, 1966 — the winter solstice, the first day of winter.  He arrived on the scene in the middle of a blizzard;  with all the ice and snow, it was a miracle his Mom and Dad made it to the hospital in Newton on time.  When mother and son […]

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