Tag Archives: Laurie McNeill

Wedding of the Waters

Clinton got the credit, although the idea was first proposed in 1724 by Cadwallader Colden.  Governor Dewitt Clinton was determined to build the Erie Canal. The governor appropriated a whopping $7 million to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie.  … Continue reading

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Paradise Found

“Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”  (Luke 23:43) Expulsion and restoration: these are the bookends of Scripture. Like Adam and Eve, we are cast out of the Garden.  Rather than rejoicing at what we have, we are tempted … Continue reading

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THE YEAR OF REVERENCE

2017 is the Year of the Rooster. The Chinese have zodiac signs that follow a 12-year cycle featuring a specific animal each year.  The rooster prompts an image of crowing and the cry to wake up and get to work! … Continue reading

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Betty’s Story

“My parents are from Ramallah.”  Betty spoke these words softly as we stood in the narthex after worship.  No one else was able to hear the revelation that Betty was 100% Palestinian.  She was not ready to be open with … Continue reading

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Holy, Lowly, Refugee

Matthew 2:13-15 An angel of the Lord warns Joseph to flee. Jesus was a refugee.  Christians seldom attach that description to the Christ child. We are willing to attach Jesus to his birth mother, Mary; to his adoptive father, Joseph; to … Continue reading

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A WAY IN A MANGER

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head; The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. Serene Christmas images … Continue reading

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