Finding Peace in Times of Negativity

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Many in Portland, including myself, feel we're living in a dystopian world created by issues beyond our control. We are attempting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. We've watched the peaceful protests for Black Lives Matter escalate into all-out conflicts with federal troops who were not invited to our city. Then "grab and snatch" tactics by…

Cool June Days

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I dedicate this post to Rev. Joshua Dunham, our former Associate Pastor and Youth Leader. Joshua brought light and understanding to the words of Micah 6:8 in a sermon a few years ago. Since then, I have read it, studied it, and prayed on it. God bless you, Joshua! These are cool June days. First…

The Center

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Like storm clouds gathering, I felt the darkness creeping in the last couple of weeks. I fought hard to stave it off. Yet, it's a battle I wage from time to time.  Just as I sensed clarity and brightness in my well-being, the world fell victim to COVID-19. Each day's news included escalating numbers of…

Sunday Morning Love Affair

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This post originally appeared in a previous blog, Sowing Seeds of Grace. For a variety of reasons, I found it hard to come up with a new post this week. So, I dug into my old blog posts and found something I enjoyed reading again. The original post was published May 7, 2014. Minor changes…

Feeling Out of Touch?

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Are you feeling out of touch these days? Here in Oregon, our pandemic guidelines label sheltering as "stay at home" since March 23, 2020, "until further notice." But there are states where residents are no longer sheltering in place, or in what some call lockdown.    But there are some in our communities who live…