Fueling through the Final Push


Keep your lamps, trimmed and burning…

It is that difficult time of the year

when Seminarians grow weary

and just want to binge Netflix and Hulu

tempted even to have Peapod deliver everything that is bad for us

It’s the final push as the semester begins to take its final bow on stage

Papers and projects are piling as high as any Snowpocalypse possible

Senior M.Div’ers one by one taking a whirl on the terrifying ride called Approval

pouring out our hearts in RLP’s and candidate commentaries

Middlers contemplating and dreaming of Internship as they march into Endorsement interviews

Meanwhile Th.M/Ph.D snug in their swank library private study enclaves, wrestling with exams and dissertations

and Juniors stuck at exactly what they should register for.

Last Thursday in Worship, the question was posed about what fueled our own lamps

What was our own personal oil?

What is getting us through these hard times

endless classroom days

even, life interrupted because of tragedy,

Time and again, most of us can soundly agree that this community keeps us going-

From caring for us when we are ill, or exhausted

For lending a helping hand when our car battery dies

For cheering us on with sermons we write in class

For participating with community wide, class presentations

For hugging us each and every moment when we are dealing with the loss of someone beloved

Perhaps it can be safely said, that this community is a blended olive oil

Swirling with love for one another, prayers, and the Holy Spirit

that keeps our lamps, trimmed and burning…

God’s Peace.

Radical Love resonating from All the Saints

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Surrounded by those saints and ancestors we are reminded why we are here

why we have been called

and what we must accomplish 

because of whose shoulders we stand on

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It is in this celebration of remembrance that the radical love pours out

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even in the midst of our tears illuminated by the light and warmth from the Triune God

gives us hope

as we join lifting our voices for these Saints

radical Love that knows no bounds

goes on and on

Did you Vote Today?

Some thoughts on the Voting Process and why it is important for everyone, as people of faith

to continue to be a voice for those who are perceived of not having a voice

or that perhaps, there are those who refuse to listen to the voices of the beloved community


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