June 27, 2021, Lectionary

Loss, grief, and mourning reach us from the cradle to the grave. David's lament can help us put our feelings into words. 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Waiting for the Lord, hoping in the Lord, and hoping in the Word of the Lord. This is my life. Psalm 130

The Greek word usually translated "grace" has a thought-provoking use in this passage. Is not the word "generosity" a good synonym for "grace," and thus available to describe both God's acts toward us and our acts toward one another? 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

To imagine being in the presence of the divine in a moment of healing--I have only humility and awe. To imagine praying that this would happen more often now--oh, yes! Mark 5:21-43

Thoughts about Listening

I see and hear such heartful and soulful words put together by others in tribute or loss. Perhaps I don't struggle hard enough to find words for my griefs. 2 Samuel 17:1, 17-27

What do you do while you wait? I carry a book to read. I look for what can I learn from my surroundings. I pray. Psalm 130

Generosity is a word calling for more use than I usually give it, I think. Gift listening is generous listening. 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

I guess we're all in this together, sorting out how touch (handshakes, hugs, and tight quarters) works after the pandemic. Mark 5:21-43