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You May Want to Get the Garden Hose

Do you like the TV shows that begin with the star in a crazy chase scene and then flash the words…’3 days earlier’…on the screen?

Yeah, me neither.

However…

Picture me standing in the garage amid a puddle of beautiful tangerine orange paint. Read more

Puppy Wisdom

Puppy burps are cute…

Puppy farts are not.

Farmers Market Fun!

I love summertime here in Northern Minnesota!

Sunshine after a long winter, beautiful open lakes, sunrises and sunsets that glow the most beautiful colors.  There’s fishing, camping, hiking…the Dorothy Molter Museum, the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center…wonderful restaurants, fabulous shopping, and amazing spas.  There’s bird-watching, loon-calling, and amazing Northern Lights picture-taking.  But one weekly event stands above all others…

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For Nepal: May Love Expand Today

Patty O:

This is beautiful beyond words. Amen.

Originally posted on Jean Gendreau:

This meditation is for the people of Nepal and India suffering from today’s earthquake.

I am one with all, one with love, dear Oneness, dear Holy Love. I breathe slowly and open to all that is. I breathe slowly and allow thoughts to dissolve. I breathe slowly. I melt into all that is. I melt into the One.

I am that crushed snake. I am that bleeding dog. I am that stunned taxi driver. I am that moaning woman. I am that screaming child. We are one. I breathe slowly and deeply. This is real. We are one. We are The One.

May you whose legs are crushed under a wall receive comfort. You are not alone. Even if you taste only grit and dust and see only horrible blackness, even if the pain is so bad that you vomit, you are not alone. We are here, we are all…

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All Are Welcome

I found this web article today and it (finally) explains what I believe.  Please read and then come back…

No Sinners Allowed, the Battle Over the Body and Blood of Christ

Wow. What he said.

I’ve been on the ‘Catholic Church’s Sinner’ end of this and I absolutely felt I was being punished, not welcomed, by the church. Why was I considered a sinner? Because I left a verbally abusive husband and got a divorce. The verbal abuse was happening in front of my girls and I had started seeing the impact on them. I couldn’t leave for myself, but I absolutely didn’t want my girls to think that’s how a husband should treat a wife. I was told to get an Annulment…but was my marriage a mistake that shouldn’t have happened? What about my amazing daughters? And what about ‘if God leads you to it, he’ll see you through it’? It was real…and I’m a better and stronger person because of it. I was also told to go to another parish where I would be able to take communion…but why should I be able to do that, but not another person? I could go on and on.

A year and a half after my divorce, I met Tim…and we knew that God brought us together. We’ve been married over 15 years now and still love and respect each other. Actually, even more so than when we were first married.

Tim and I were married in and joined Grace Lutheran Church​ because it is where ‘all are welcome’…just as Jesus/God intended.

Moral of the story, I once thought I was brought up to be a strong Catholic, but it turned out I was brought up to be a strong Christian. A daily…seeking to be better, perfectly imperfect believer, a loved and loving sinner.

Just like everyone else.

All are welcome…

Thank you Jesus.

Amen.

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