What Brought You Here?

By Rick Moore My wife’s favorite color is emerald green. Shortly after we were married I bought her an emerald ring to match her emerald green eyes. From the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz to the Bible’s description of the city walls in heaven, the world is filled...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. J. Pete Hyde Heavy rain in the distance blocked the satellite television signal. The house was almost refreshingly quiet. I stepped out on the front porch. The night was eerily still. The heavy rain of the past few days dampened the traffic. An orange street light cast an...

My Valentine

By Sean Dietrich I’ve seen her climb a mountain. On her birthday. No joke. I was beside her, praying for God to kill me. When we made it back to earth, she was so overcome with emotion all she could say was, “Sumbitch.” To which I agreed, “Sumbitch.” And then we...

Love is in the Air

By Lauren Catanese Love is in the air! Can you feel it? It starts in your face with a smile, then flutters down to your heart. It opens up space for the light to come in and the joy to fill you and your world! It’s magical! It puts everything...

Surrender

Do you feel a push at every New Year to make a list of resolutions? An agenda to create the changes in your life that you have wanted to make? These “lists” can sometimes feel more like pressure; something to judge ourselves by if we don’t complete, stay on...
By Rev. J. Pete Hyde The holidays are over! Something inside of me wants to jump up and down and shout HALLELUJAH! I just couldn’t separate myself from all the job activities to really “get into the spirit of the season” this year. Now, the decorations are almost all packed up and...

New Year

By Sean Dietrich New Year’s Eve—Sacred Heart Hospital, the pediatric unit. Tonight the whole world is celebrating. I can already hear firecrackers in the distance. But on the third floor, the women in my life are gathered around a sick baby. My sister’s daughter, Lucy, was born ten days ago. She was...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. J. Pete Hyde The morning broke cold and blustery - temperatures in the 30's and wind chill in the teens. As I lay in the half-slumber that is early morning, I looked out the window that sheltered me from the cold winter's day. The sun was just touching...

Small Gifts

By Sean Dietrich Birmingham, Alabama—the 1970’s. The hairstyles are ridiculous. Fashions are even worse. It’s Christmastime in the Magic City. Early evening. A young couple arrives in town to visit family. They are working-class poor. He is overworked and underpaid. She is too. Still, things are looking up. Even though it’s hard...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. J. Pete Hyde After Dad retired in 1970 to Rogers, Arkansas, our family began attending Central United Methodist Church in Rogers after many years of being unchurched. Central was and still is an old downtown church that is now on the Historic Register. Stained glass windows surround the curved...

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