Monthly Archives: May 2019

Jesus’ Final Prayer Request

Donald R. Elly, M. D Jesus, knowing  that he will be deserted and face betrayal and death utters a prayer of farewell.   Listen to these words spoken by Jesus, not just to those disciples at the Passover table then, but to us right now. “ I ask not only … Continue reading

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Being Made Well!

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. “Do you want to be made well?”  Jesus’ question is addressed to an unnamed man who had been lying by the poolside of Bethzatha for long time.  John informs us he has been there for thirty-eight years.   First, think about that length … Continue reading

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Love’s Legacy

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Aisha Brooks-Lytle begins her reflection on John 13:31-35 with the powerful story of a discussion she had with her husband Carl two and a half years before his death.(1). Terminally ill with a rare degenerative neurological condition, … Continue reading

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Hearing Jesus’ Voice

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Hearing the sound of a loved one’s voice as one nears the end of life can bring great comfort.  It provides a way to cope with death by reminding us that the last sound we, too, … Continue reading

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Christianity’s Radical Claim

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Being a Christian is to make a radical claim: In Jesus God becomes human.  The Gospel  makes clear that flesh is not evil, nor is it to be rejected. Nothing  humans do in God’s name (even for deceitful purposes) or to one another can shake the … Continue reading

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