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A Back to School Blessing

Early every morning, way before the sun comes up, I journal. I write about the day before, the day to come and my feelings. I read a few devotionals and scriptures and try to listen to what God is whispering. I end with a prayer and simply list all of those on my heart. I… Continue reading A Back to School Blessing

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Inner Circle

I recently had a birthday. It was a gorgeous sunny spring day with many favorite parts including a surprise visit from my daughter and two sweet grandsons who live five hours away. Usually I know everything or can figure it out. This surprise I did not see coming. When my sweet two year old grandboy… Continue reading Inner Circle

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Too Painful to Watch…and Yet

Today, on the Monday of the Holiest of Weeks for Christians, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is burning. My Twitter feed repetitively showed the spire on fire and toppling over. I turned it off because watching it was scarring my soul. An on-fire crumbling steeple of a structure like this one seems too hard… Continue reading Too Painful to Watch…and Yet

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Holy Discomfort

I've felt this before. Uncomfortable. Unsettled. Agitated. It happened every time I was pregnant, especially at the end. Hard to sleep. Hard to breathe. Ready but the time not quite right yet. With my last one I had nerve pain of some sort down one leg all the way until he arrived. I think he… Continue reading Holy Discomfort

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One Heart at a Time

Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space https://drcindyryanblog.com/2019/03/05/this-is-my-brother/ about my brother and the heartwrenching decision of the United Methodist Church at General Conference regarding the worthiness of LBGQT persons. I shared my anger, disappointment and grief over the decision. From my perspective as a clergyperson who served in the United Methodist church the better… Continue reading One Heart at a Time