Monthly Archives: April 2019

Breathe Deeply and Live

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. John’s Gospel introduces us to numerous resurrection appearances. Taken individually they usually meet the need of a specific person.  Mary Magdalene is a perfect example of this personal focus of Jesus as “the Risen Christ” breaking through her grief. Blindsided by the … Continue reading

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“It’s Time to get up, Make your bed …Go!”

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. All of the Gospels bear witness to Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and later Resurrection–details differ.  A detail in John’s Gospel account caught my attention and was the subject of a dream giving me comfort and deepening my faith.  First, … Continue reading

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Experiencing Resurrection

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. The word resurrection, not capitalized, means “the act of rising from the dead, or a rising from decay, disuse, etc., revival.”  We see resurrection occurring around us and in us all the time.   The most recent example … Continue reading

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Looking for the Living

Donald R.  Elly, M. Div. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  ( Jesus) He is not here, but has risen…”  With these words the women’s world is turned upside down and so is ours.  I believe the women, as they … Continue reading

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“Jesus’ Values Revealed”

Donald R. Elly, M. Div.  Emmy Kegler, a Lutheran Pastor and the author of One Coin Found (2019) used one word to describe Holy Week (and its beginning with Palm Sunday). Disruption.  “…Holy Week came as disruption.  I relished the shouts … Continue reading

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Service as a Sacrament

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. This reflection is on Mary’s service to Jesus as she anoints his feet and dries them with her hair.  It is dedicated to every ordinary member of the congregation who week in and week out provide “a sacrament of service”.   A sacrament is “a visible sign … Continue reading

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