Hope Remains

rebirth, new shoots, fiery rebirth

Yes, hope remains. Despite fires and smoke, extremely hazardous air quality, several days of evacuation orders: hope remains. All the above add stress to the already stressful pandemic. Yet, hope remains. One bit of good news, the Portland protests and riots took a break during the smoke and poor air quality. One less level of…

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

rain, summer, cool, pacific northwest

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…