Posts by MPC31064

E-Letter 190

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Devotions | 0 comments

With the morning rush hour traffic reaching the tipping point in downtown Atlanta, I merged into the I-75 parade of vehicles snaking their way through the city. It was only 9:15 a.m. and, certain that I was going to be late for my appointment, I began to triage my day and an impossibly long list of to-do’s.  Coasting behind a line of slowing vehicles near the Georgia Tech exit, I drummed my fingers on the steering wheel and bemoaned my bad luck driving karma.  “What I need,” I thought wearily, “is a little break, a smidgen of grace.” Behind the eightball before noon, my morning continued to...

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E-Letter 189

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Devotions | 0 comments

Our worksite supervisor, Art, arrived before dawn to tell us that a duratio was headed our way in the holler in West Virginia. “What’s a duratio,” I asked, “and why should I be concerned?” Art gave me one of those I-can’t-believe-you’re-asking-me-that-question look and then talked about flash floods, 200 mph winds, downed trees and power lines, and impassable roads, all of which would isolate the Colcord community from the rest of the world for who-knows-how-many weeks.  It was already too late to evacuate, he said, and after discussing our options, we made the decision to work as much as...

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E-Letter 188

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Devotions | 0 comments

 Lenten reflection…Deuteronomy 11:18-28 Our eyes never meet as the young cashier enters my order on her computer and slides my debit card across her pad. Dully, indifferently, she asks the routine questions, “Cream and sugar with that coffee, Ma’am? Would you like an apple pie to go with that?” The work crew behind the counter strains to see my order appearing on the computer just above their heads. Like a well-oiled machine, the workers fill my order. One fills the cup; one pops a lid on top to smother a cloud of escaping steam; a third pushes the cup across the counter. I mumble my thanks,...

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E-Letter 187

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Devotions | 0 comments

Lenten reflection… I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels–a plentiful harvest of new lives. John 12:24, NLT For months I have inattentively tended a grocery-store orchid perched on the shelf of my bathroom window.  I do not pretend to know what will help this fragile flower bloom other than the basics:  light, water, soil.  Debby Kelly told me to place an ice cube near the flower’s tangled roots although for the life of me I cannot imagine why a tropical plant would enjoy a weekly ice...

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E-Letter 186

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Devotions | 0 comments

Ash Wednesday Reflection… I woke up this morning anticipating Today grinding to a halt, frozen, smothered in place by pillows of devilish Arctic air settling in the low places surrounding the lake.  Knowing that the morning temperatures would hover in the single digits, I filled my birdfeeders late last night after returning home from the evening’s Ash Wednesday service, my forehead smudged and my fingernails caked with coal-black flakes of ash, burned remnants of last year’s Palm Sunday celebration.  The cold is so much easier to endure when coupled with darkness, I thought, and besides,...

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