November 23, 2020

Rev. Dr. Kathleen Weller Gratitude has gained a cult following since David Steindl-Rast’s TED talk in 2013—with over 8 million views translated into 45 languages. He taught that gratitude leads one to happiness—a reversal...

November 20, 2020

Yesterday the story was about the importance of where you stand. The story for today reminds us how we view things. There’s a story about a couple who stopped at a trading post on...

November 19, 2020

I read a story about a guy named Harry Cain. He was famous in his hometown for his God-given ability to catch good-sized trout. Harry loved to take Ben, the teenager of his best...

November 18, 2020

It is not very often that I awake with scripture in my thoughts but this morning I clearly heard the words of Psalm 121,“I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where...

November 17, 2020

On Saturday I met up with a buddy to play a round of golf. As requested, I prepaid the golf fee. They explained it was “for safety reasons” and would limit potential contact with...

November 16, 2020

I had a delightful conversation with a longtime church member and more importantly a friend. She created a “covid discipline” for herself, which I thought what a smart and healthy response to a difficult...

November 13, 2020

Richard Rohr, OFM, is an American author, spiritual writer, and Franciscan friar based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He writes: “Culturally, all spheres of American life—politics, religion, the workplace, domestic households, intimate relations—should and could...

November 12, 2020

I mistakenly deleted some of the pictures from my phone the other day.  Who needs 11 pictures of out of focus shoes and 19 pictures of my screen shot? But the good thing that...

November 11, 2020

Sermon Stuff #3  An Army NCO and Captain have been in the field all day playing war games in preparation for a big deployment. At the end of the day, both men were completely dirty...

November 10, 2020

Sermon Stuff Story #2 – (Source Unknown) “A farmer hired a man to work for him. He told him his first task would be to paint the barn and said it should take him...

November 9, 2020

I have a file called “sermon stuff.” When I read something clever, funny or interesting, a story, a quote, a theological statement, a prayer, I copy it right into this file.  It’s been quite...

November 6, 2020

I heard a story about a family out for an adventure on a Sunday afternoon. Suddenly the two children strapped in the back seat shout out, “There’s a kitten back there on the side of...

November 5, 2020

I sat in my thinking chair pondering this sentence: “Practically speaking, the map affirms that our actions, our choices, our connections bear more weight than we dare to believe.” 1   This is a seemingly...

November 4, 2020

A Call to Be One – A reading by Fr. Richard Rohr OFM As a people, we are at a crossover moment. It is a call to all of us to be our best,...

November 3, 2020

After a disruptive phone conversation, a jittery kind of energy continued lingering within. Unable to find focus, I plotted and piddled, either way, I merely wasted time without doing anything I value because sometimes...

November 2, 2020

We set up a Wismer family text group. Thankfully, there are only a total of four of us. So it’s not that irritating. This past Saturday, I texted my people and asked someone to...

October 30, 2020

The story is told of a couple in their mid-80’s who had been married for sixty-three years.  Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. They...

October 29, 2020

Yesterday, we asked, “What have you gained during this pandemic?” I’ve been sitting with that question and I realize that what I’ve gained is the blessing of the Wismers gathering around the table to...

October 28, 2020

Because of the pandemic, Presbyterian pastor and church consultant Sarai Rice makes an interesting observation. She believes that faith formation is shifting back to homes rather than remaining in church buildings.  She says, “If...

October 27, 2020

It’s been said that “during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. Some people think that you have to be the...