Food and Community

Amy Curran

Read: John 6:1-15, 47-51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. (v. 51) The first part of John 6 tells the story of a miraculous meal, the feeding of the 5,000. …

Living until We Die

Karen Bables

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:50-56 It was sin that made death so frightening. (v. 51 Message) Having lived with life-shortening health issues for several years, I have wrestled with the question of how to face life when death looms large. How do we live life knowing that it will end? In Mystical Hope, Cynthia Bourgeault reminds us that Jesus told us …

Trading Coins

Karen Bables

Read: Psalm 33 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death. (vv. 18-19) In an interview titled “The Miracle in Front of You” that appeared in the January 2016 issue of The Sun magazine, pediatric oncologist Dr. Raymond Barfield says, …

When I Am the Caregiver

Karen Bables

Read: Matthew 6:26-34 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (v. 27 NIV) Before I had cancer, I was the caregiver for my husband, who has been ill for years. As his caregiver, my mantras included: “You need to eat more.” “Don’t you think you need to call the doctor?” “If you get …

When My Mind Fails Me

Jeff Huisman

Read: Psalm 71 So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me. (v. 18) “Who am I when my body fails me?” Karen Bables asked me to share my reflections on this difficult question. I had an easy answer at first: “I am myself in a failing body.” Then it hit me. One of my …