Author Archives: pastorhilary

do not be afraid

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, … Continue reading

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keep awake

Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.  And what … Continue reading

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rest and be thankful

Somewhere in the Highland Mountains of Scotland there sits a stone seat with the inscription, “Rest and be thankful.”  I picture this seat atop some beautiful jagged peak at the end of a long and arduous trail.  What a welcome … Continue reading

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Practice, Practice

When I was a kid growing up in California, I used to swim competitively.  It was pretty serious.  We swam every morning from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., and every evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  By the end … Continue reading

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A Season of Return

The fall is my favorite season.  I love the cooler temperatures, the changing colors, the signs all around that Creation is beginning to bed down for the winter.  I love the rhythm of the fall with its regular routines, the … Continue reading

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praying with the right side of your brain: a meditation for ash wednesday

It was the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of the first Lutheran woman and we had been invited to the Lutheran Seminary in Germantown to help them mark the occasion. Back then, I was singing with the Anna Crusis Women’s … Continue reading

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repairer of broken walls

“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”  (Isaiah 58:12, NIV) The restoration of the old mill had been a success, … Continue reading

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