Author Archives: revyarbrough

Room for Us All

I found this morning’s UCC devotional rather bittersweet.  As a child, I knew of a couple of families who had their living rooms set aside for special company.  One woman in particular stands out in my memory.  Now that I … Continue reading

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Sunday, March 15

As I forward this devotion, I am hearing a great deal of bird song in the air.  It is beautiful and restores my soul.   These birds are doing what God has created them to do.  My prayer is that … Continue reading

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The Journey

Last Sunday  I was blessed to read the eulogy at a memorial service for Joyce Akers, an elder I had met several times, but did not know due to her advanced Alzheimer’s.  Several generations of friends and family were present. … Continue reading

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Regrets

On Sunday, March 1, we will continue our discussion of Shane Stanford’s book, Mosaic, When God Uses All the Pieces.  The chapter we will be looking at is “When God Uses Our Regret.” Whenever I hear an adult say that … Continue reading

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Ashes, Dust, and…

Worshiping in rehab hospitals and skilled nursing communities means worshiping in a fair amount of chaos.   In addition to the needs and wants of the residents, there are always announcements going on overhead. Doctors, nursing students, and caregivers are … Continue reading

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Preparations

On Sunday, February 15 , we will be celebrating Transfiguration Sunday.  More importantly, we will be celebrating the Jesus who always came down from the mountain, who crossed the lake, who came into town, who left the garden.  The Jesus … Continue reading

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The Choir

“Might we begin then to transform our passing illuminations into abiding light?” (Huston Smith as quoted in Weekly Seeds)

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Take Time for Lent

One of the things that I truly love about Lent is its timing.  Just about the time we begin to return to our usual schedules and activities after Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Lent appears.  This year, the first Sunday of … Continue reading

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Presence

“Instead you must recognize the Presence in one rock, one flower, one lizard, one tree, and then from loving the concrete thing, you build up to loving everything, and everything in between.” Richard Rohr Lately I have been grateful that … Continue reading

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Gathered

 Much of the biblical narrative is a cry from exile, and a joyous return from exile.  The tale begins in Genesis, with a swift and indignant boot out of the garden.  The story continues across deserts, over lakes and across … Continue reading

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