The first time I heard the term non-essential employee was when I came to DC. It meant that if the government went into a shutdown certain employees couldn’t come into work, they were deemed “non-essential.” I wasn’t so fortunate. In fact in case of a nuclear attack I got the honor of leaving my family…

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Bringing meaning out of suffering is the saving work of God. —┬áRoss Douthat. The above is one of my parachutes of Hope. My sister has worked as a nurse all her life. For over thirty years she has been the trauma coordinator for UAMS. The last time we talked I told her, “Please be careful.”…

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A wonderful friend sent me the above picture right before Easter. Y’all know of my love for beaches and oceans, and the above picture of a blue lagoon with the ocean in the background makes my mouth drool and mind wander. I want all my friends to have it as a reminder that there are…

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During my almost fifty years of being an Episcopalian I was always told that Lent ended after you went to church on Good Friday. This year, the going to church part is going to be tough. That doesn’t mean that Lent won’t be over. Even under a more conservative understanding of Lent, it does end…

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Today is a day in the church calendar that’s is packed full of emotions. We have the last supper, Judas’s betrayal, Peter’s denial, and the arrest of Jesus. It also leaves us with lots of questions. Did Jesus work out with Judas the betrayal beforehand, and did he forgive Judas? Did Peter ever forgive himself…

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