Celebrating Esther’s Story

Tonight begins the Jewish festival of Purim--a celebration of the story of Esther. I did a special Purim edition of Bible Stories for Big Kids, and I'm sharing some other Esther resources here. https://open.spotify.com/episode/60GqUfaUkGdVpLTOVhEVyA?si=CgILvGOBTkKwyUL3D_qCmw Vashti (who doesn't have a very big role) is my favorite character. https://www.tiktok.com/@revanneruss/video/6933276412979825925?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KpdYk_hPhI&t=312s Happy Purim to all who celebrate!

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February Love Letter Challenge

2021 is all about encouragement at Doubting Believer. In this world of emails, social media and Zoom calls, a piece of handwritten snail mail can provide quite the boost for the recipient, and requires very little effort on the part of the sender. Take the challenge to send ten snail mail letters to people and let them know why you love/admire/appreciate them. Trust me. It will mean a lot. #febsnailmail #loveletterchallenge February-EncouragementDownload Been ...

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Everybody Gets to Hold the Baby Jesus

Feel Good Friday #130--Christmas Day Edition One of my favorite people in the world has more degrees than I can count. Robert is not only a pastor, he's also a professor. One time he was teaching a Bible class on Luke 2 at a local university, he gave his class a primer on shepherds and how they weren’t nearly as pristine as our nativity scenes would have us believe. They were ...

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To Hear The Angels Sing

It’s an under-rated, under-utilized hymn. To tell the truth, I’d never paid much attention to it until this year, when it really struck a chord (no pun intended…unless you like that sort of thing) with me. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear was written in 1849 by a Unitarian pastor in Wayland, Massachusetts. What is different about this carol is that only the first verse speaks of what happened on the night ...

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What Are You Doing for Christmas?

It's the question on everyone's minds and lips. What are you doing for Christmas this year? We know what we want to do for Christmas. We want to do what we've done every year. To engage in the traditions we've devoted ourselves to since before we can remember. To take the annual family picture. To adhere to our own tribe's strict present opening timelines and rituals. To eat the ...

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Wonderful time? Who says?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Who says that? Who thinks that? The shopping malls and the spinning DJs and the airport terminals? Like we aren’t terminal. Like we don’t love people who are dying. Like hibernating hate didn’t wake up when we were half asleep. Like all the little children in the world are going to join hands and sing. Like hurricanes do no harm. Like we aren’t afraid. It’s the most wonderful time of the ...

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Advent!

Advent begins tomorrow! We all could use a season of hope, joy, peace and love? If you are from a tradition that doesn't generally observe Advent, this is time to start. If you have friends who are not "Advent people," invite them to join us. It's been a rough year, and we could all use an extra dose of the time of holy expectation and anticipation that is Advent.  Do you ...

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This Thanksgiving, Remember…

This Thanksgiving, remember: You are a beloved child of God. You do not owe your great-aunt Mildred an explanation for your life choices. You get to eat as much or as little as you like--and allow others to do the same…without comment. The number of children you choose to have (or not have) is no one's business but yours. Your value is not determined by how you measure up to the achievements of others. This is ...

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