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Jesus’ words, “it is finished,” have stuck with me during Holy Week and now after.

When I think about all the things that I have not finished, I’m intrigued by the idea of this act of completion of Jesus. I haven’t delved into commentaries to see what Bible scholars say about this sentence. I’m on my own personal pilgrimage to consider what it means to be able to proclaim “it is finished”.

I’m not sure where it will take me, but I have considered those things that I haven’t finished…

continued writing on this blog

I began this exercise to practice my writing skills – to see if I could become better at putting my thoughts to paper and being understood.

lots of craft/decorating projects

I began them with good intentions. Many were finished, but many were not.

…finding an ending to this blog…or just publish as is for now…

got sidetracked before an ending was found…it…is…not…finished

so many things begun…


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To keep moving

I need these “abilities”

my to-do list to move

eliminate the phrase, “It is what it is.”  (That’s a good way to get stuck.)

be responsible

create a sustainable plan

be consistent

be disciplined

keep taking one step forward (even when there are 2 steps back)

have mental fortitude (courage in pain or adversity)

persevere, stubbornness if you will

find focus

grit your teeth determination

emotional strength

spiritual digging

listening prayers (God does the talking.  I do the listening.)

know my limits

set my boundaries

check in the rearview mirror for accomplishments

see long-term

eliminate the naysayers, at least their voices

encourage my colleagues

smile at everyone

hug my friends

love my family

Give thanks to God endlessly!

I’ve got this…

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Can you see it now?

Blind spots

We all have them.

Yet, we can’t see them.

I can see yours.

It’s so glaringly obvious.

I wish that you would see it too, because it’s a problem.

You can see mine.

I can’t believe that you think that you see that.

I don’t do that.

I don’t think that way.

What are you talking about?

I don’t have those feelings about that.

Yeah, you do.

We will probably never agree about what we see in one another.

What do we do then?

Hopefully, we are friends that can share our blind spots with one another.

I can’t see without you, and

you can’t see without me.

Perhaps together we can see it, and

who knows how our world will look…

be transformed…

Can you see it?

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I have been thinking about what it means to belong and to help others feel like they belong.

As my mind wondered and wandered, I considered the book of Numbers in the Bible.  Can you imagine the sense of belonging?  You would know your tribe, your clan, and your family.  You knew exactly your place and where your tribe would walk as you journeyed together.  You would know where your tribal camp was located.  You would belong.

What would the church look like if we had a listing of tribes and how people came to be in a particular congregation?

The “tribal” tree might look like this

beginning with founding families,

followed by those who were invited by these families,

and on and on and on,

but would begin to add those who discovered the body of believers


radio and maybe television,

newspaper ads and print media (mass mailings),



talk around town,

personal invitations . . .

Can you imagine the sense of belonging as everyone traced their roots?

and saw where they fit in the tribe?

and felt like they really belonged?

Unfortunately, it only takes one unkind response to make one feel as though one never belonged.

Don’t get stuck on “it is what it is”.

You still belong.

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I have raved about an establishment for four years as a weekly customer.  I drove out of my way to patronize their establishment.  I filled out every customer survey with the highest marks possible.  I talked about their great customer service to a repeat customer (me).  I raved about them.

Then they had one miserable fail, and I wanted to rant.  I wanted to give in to that one incredible injustice that they did to me their faithful, loyal weekly customer.  Yes, I wanted to rant.  They didn’t apologize.  They didn’t offer to make it right the next time.  They disappointed me.  I was disappointed by one of my favorite places.

As you have probably noticed, I didn’t tell you the name of this place, and I won’t.  One mistake.  One time.  I don’t think it should undo the service that I have previously received.

What I am intrigued about is how quickly a rave can turn into a rant?

Definition of rave

speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm or admiration;

an extremely enthusiastic recommendation or appraisal of someone or something

Yes, it can mean a party with dancing and drinking.  I’m not talking about that kind of rave today.

Definition of rant

to talk loudly and in a way that shows anger

to complain in a way that is unreasonable

Now look what happens when you add the two words together

Rant and Rave

shout and complain angrily and at length

Bottom line

I can choose to rave or to rant (even rant and rave)

Let’s do more raving about people and life.

Life is good.

Love God.

Love others.

Let’s rave about our blessings.

Don’t just say, “It is what it is.”

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Choosing Life

Moses’ words from the Lord to the children of Israel

“Today I am giving you a choice.  You can choose life and success or death and disaster…

Choose life!  . . . The Lord is the only one who can give life, and he will let you live a long time in the land that he promised to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  Deuteronomy 30:15-20. 

Jesus said, “…I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.”  John 10:10 CEV

So we all choose life or at least on a physical level our bodies breathe on their own and sustain life within us.  Ok.  I’ve chosen life.  What’s the big deal?

Is life merely a biological function or is there more?  Of course, there is more, and that is what every human being continues to search for.  The hope that there is more that lives within us,  the search for meaning, purpose, understanding of our existence.

The Bible challenges us to choose life. But a very specific form of life and yet with unending possibilities and some would say with some expectations or restrictions.

In choosing life or a life devoted to the life that Jesus offers, what’s next?

What do I breathe in so deeply that I have life to the fullest?

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“I Voted” Sticker

So interesting today that voters who did not receive an “I voted” sticker today were disappointed.  I wonder what this will mean for the next election.  Who will provide the “I voted” sticker for all of those voters who were disappointed this year?

This disappointment is fascinating.  It’s enough to post as a Facebook status.  It’s enough for a poll worker to use a post it note to create one for a first time voter.

What does this remind you of?

Kids who don’t get the toy at the store register

Kids who open their fast food meal and no toy or not the right toy

Kids who want something – It doesn’t matter how small it is and

yet we respond differently to the actions of kids when they are disappointed

or they miss out on _______________

You have the privilege of voting.  You didn’t get the sticker.  You got to vote.

What will happen to these disappointed voters?  Maybe their candidate will win, and that will help them forget their disappointment.

At the same time, those who received stickers displayed them proudly.

Did you vote?

Did you get your sticker?

I voted but no sticker for me.

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