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Sunday's Thought on Monday?

"Let us be joyful agents of change, full of the energy of the Spirit. Now is the moment to make change happen. Now is the moment God always intended us to inhabit."- Bishop Steve Charleston, Climbing Stairs of Sunlight

It's all very quiet here this morning. I'm sipping coffee and writing a book. (I love typing that, and obviously I am not actually doing that since I am writing to you, but that's the plan anyway.)

After a Tsunami Alarm, All's Well.

So what do you take when the radio announcer- my friend Margaret- says there is a tsunami warning and the police want everyone to get to higher ground-- above 100 feet- NOW?   

The dogs,my wallet, and phone. Oh, and the head lamp from the hook by the door. It was 2:30 in the morning. 

"Which car?" I asked. My husband and I had waded to the garage in shin deep snow.

He said "both," no doubt thinking that may be all we have left after our beachfront home is destroyed.

Happening in Haines

The stars are out this morning, the wind is cooler, and there is still ice underfoot but the beach sand is crunchy and frozen. Maybe the wetter days are behind us for a little while. The forecast is for cold, clear days. The winter has been a challenge, freezing one minute and raining the next, making for lots of ice and puddles. Two people at church have broken ankles in falls. 

Teaching Children Well

With all that's in the news, and yesterday's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I have been thinking about the ways we teach our children, accidentally and on purpose. So much of how we feel toward other races, nationalities, religions, languages-- cultures-- other than our own, is learned at home. All parents home school their children's hearts, don't they?

Sunday's Thoughts (It's been a long week...)

"The Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice...Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."-- Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Good News

The little dog Lily who was missing out on Chilkoot Lake was found safe and sound with much joy all around, which I take as a good omen for the first week of the year. 

Sunday's Thought

"Imagine you can disagree without someone being wrong."

It's the third Sunday in Advent, and in the bulletin in church today there were some suggestions for loving our neighbors (and everyone else) as well as we do  ourselves, that came from the Presiding Bishop. This tip is particularly useful for me on the Haines Borough Assembly, and no doubt will prove to be very helpful over the holidays (and everyday these days) for you, too.



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