Home to Heart: Sabbath

Theologian Walter Brueggemann suggests that observing sabbath is an act of resistance. The patterns of life in American culture do not encourage us to take times of rest. We have to claim them, and then we have to guard them. God did not design creation to work that way: On the seventh day, God rested from all of his labors – all of his labors. And, in the Fourth Commandment, God begs us to do the same. Brueggemann goes on to say that it is our consistent disregard for the Fourth... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 27, 2020
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Home to Heart: Windows

Church buildings in the Eastern Orthodox tradition are known for the beautiful icons that adorn their walls. Theologians in that tradition often say that their icons are “windows” to the divine, objects through which people can see God. While the western church’s tradition is different, I wonder: What are our windows? What objects draw our eyes towards God? Our long season of self-isolation has made me realize that our church building itself is something of a window... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 20, 2020
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Home to Heart: Worth

Nature photography generously donated by Cindy McMillion. Many of us have recently received first quarter reports from our financial advisors, and the numbers are not what we are used to seeing. Someone recently said to me, “I’m worth 30% less than I was last month.” While it is true that the market price of our financial assets may have declined significantly in recent days, and while it is true that many people are experiencing a significant reduction in their... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 13, 2020
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Home to Heart: Presence

  Like so many of you, I have been spending a lot of time at home lately. I have been spending time in one place rather than in my usual many places. While this change has taken some getting used to, it has also reminded me of simpler times, of times when rootedness was valued more highly than busyness. In the Old Testament, God’s people respond to God’s call by saying, “Here am I.” Jacob in his dream, Moses before the bush, Samuel in his bedroom:... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 6, 2020
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