Wholeness and Doughnuts

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Wholeness and Doughnuts By Beth Demme  If you were a doughnut, what kind would you be? Would you be a delicious hot glazed Krispy Kreme, fresh off the conveyor belt? Would you be a Dunkin’ Donuts Old Fashioned, ready to dive into a hot cup of coffee? Or are you a jelly-filled doughnut, sweet and surprising inside? I know this …

We Are All Waiting For God

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We Are All Waiting For God By Beth Demme Happy New Year! I know we haven’t dropped the ball yet or toasted with champagne, but we have, in fact, begun a new year in the life of the church. Advent has begun! Advent is a season of waiting, and preparation, “for the birth of Christ, and a celebration of God’s …

Wrestling With God

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Wrestling With God By Beth Demme Sometimes I hold on too tightly to God. To be more precise, I hold on too tightly to my ideas about God. I unintentionally put God in a box. You probably know the story of Jacob wrestling with God. I love how Jacob’s story gives us permission to “wrestle” with God. It’s a poignant …

The Best Hug Ever

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The Best Hug Ever By Beth Demme There’s something you should know about me. I’m a hugger. I love to hug my children and my husband, but my hugging doesn’t stop there. If we’re friends and I see you at my child’s school, on the soccer fields, or in the grocery story, I’m likely to hug you. On Sunday morning, …

Why I Choose Church

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By Beth Demme Recently I had the privilege of teaching at a women’s conference in Nicaragua. Many of my Nicaraguan friends are shown in this photograph.  I’ve been to Nicaragua several times and I’m always encouraged by the love I receive there. One of the topics I spoke on was “Presencia” – the importance of fully participating in community. My …

Lent vs. Valentines Day: Are Sundays a Lenten Loophole?

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By Beth Demme This year there’s a collision of potentially epic proportions between the church calendar and the Hallmark calendar. You may be one of the millions of Christians facing a monumental dilemma this year. Perhaps you, too, feel the impossible strain of culture drawing you away from a longstanding and beloved spiritual practice. Yes, this year Ash Wednesday arrives …

Can I Be Overwhelmed With Joy?

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I’ve had an epiphany! Actually, we’re all having another Epiphany. It’s more than a sudden inspiration; it’s a season on the church calendar. It’s the time of year we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men. The Wise Men were astrologers. They were star and sky readers. A star led the Wise Men to Jesus, but if you read the …

My Messy Heart is Beautiful

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By Beth Demme My daughter is an artist. She has always had an eye for shape and color and an incredible ability to understand spatial relationships. I find her skills especially amazing because they are so different from my own. Spatial relationships–and all things geometrical–are fairly mysterious to me. I remember feeling utter confusion as a child looking at the …