July to December 2015

4th Sunday is Love

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Recently we attended a Phillips, Craig & Dean concert with friends.  After singing the song You Are God Alone, one of the performers talked about the lyrics: And right now In the good times and bad You are on Your throne You are God alone He reflected how we all go through good times and […]

July to December 2015

Peace and Joy

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It was time to register, so travel they did Even the family with a pregnant woman Looking for a place to give birth to a first-born son One who would bring Peace and Joy Even the shepherds were afraid But the angels said good news Could be found in a manger bed All within a […]

July to December 2015

Hope

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The first Sunday of Advent is one of Hope. I asked friends to help me and to post – what do you hope for? Some of the responses were: Kindness A new job Harmony Love for one another Progress on climate talks Peace Hope for the world, people, the church Good health World without terror […]

July to December 2015

This Advent Thing

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We were having a family discussion about the meaning of the Advent candles and came up with differing opinions on the “names” of each of the candles. After a bit of discussion I consulted two experts – Google and my dad. What I found from both was there are differing beliefs on the meanings and […]

July to December 2015

A New Thanksgiving

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My granddaughter told me that on Thanksgiving, you go to a lot of houses, knock on the door and say, “Happy Thanksgiving” and then they give you turkey. I think that would be a better holiday and wouldn’t it be a blessing if we followed the Rule of St. Benedict to “Let everyone that comes […]

July to December 2015

Things to Eat

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At the beginning of our staff meeting this week, I asked each member to share their favorite Thanksgiving food. Dressing was high on the list, but a surprising number of mixes were listed. Mashed potatoes, corn, dressing, and gravy seemed to be a beloved combination. So I got thinking about things to eat. Growing up […]

July to December 2015

The End is Near?

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Heard a speaker that was predicting the end times.  He emphatically listed all the signs that the apocalypse is near: wars, violence, political decisions, rise in dangerous groups, lack of religious beliefs, and so on. My reaction to these predictors and predictions is – so what?  If you believe the world is ending and you’re […]

July to December 2015

Top 10 List

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Last week was my 100th blog post.  I am asking for a BIG favor.  If you are a regular (or irregular) reader of Parsonage Parables, would you send me your top 5 or 10 favorite posts? You can private message me on Facebook or email your list to blumer5@outlook.com Looking at publishing a collection in […]

July to December 2015

Prompts

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A number of years ago I was washing our van. I was cleaning the windows and on the edge of one of the back windows there was a small spot of yellow paint. Our oldest son was on a basketball team that went to the State Tournament and our windows were decorated by the cheerleaders. […]

July to December 2015

Seasons of Our Lives

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I was visiting with an elderly friend and asked if they were headed south again this winter. She said, “That was a great season of our life, but we aren’t able to go any longer.” It got me thinking about the seasons of our lives. Season of Innocence – for most of us our childhoods […]