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Sue Whitt
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not ed Mary and Martha, a Reflection on Lke 10:38-42
I was amazed when as an adult I learned that a traditional interpretation of the roles of Mary and Martha was that Martha depicted service and Mary contemplation. Therefore, whereas good works are good, they aren't as good as listening. Mary had been my mod...

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not ed When you're in a ditch, a Reflection on Luke 10:29-37
The lawyer asks for more clarification. He knows that he is supposed to love his neighbor but asks who is his neighbor. When Jesus doesn't answer a question with a question, he often answers with a parable (in effect, a longer form of a question). Here, he ...

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Questions that arose for me, a Reflection on Luke 9:37-45
Which disciples had been unable to heal the child? Were they ones who had not been to the mountaintop to witness the transfiguration and see the cloud and hear the voice? Or, even after all those experiences, were Peter and John and James unable to cast out...

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Lord of the Mountaintop, a Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday
Discipleship Ministries of the UMC offers a  prayer for Transfiguration Sunday Lord of the Mountaintop, a Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday

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Voice from the Cloud, a Reflection on Luke 9:34-36
Peter and the others witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus. They were there when Moses and Elijah suddenly appeared, these two figures so important in the history of their people, of the formation and molding of their faith. Just as Moses and Elijah were l...

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On a Mountain, a Reflection on Luke 9:28-33
They are on a mountain. Jesus has come to pray. He has brought Peter and John and James with him. [I had intended to, but didn't get around to, doing a search on mountain experiences in the Old Testament and Jesus' praying in the New, and which events in Je...

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need ed Questions that arose for me, a Reflection on Luke 9:37-45
Which disciples had been unable to heal the child? Were they ones who had not been to the mountaintop to witness the transfiguration and see the cloud and hear the voice? Or, even after all those experiences, were Peter and John and James unable to cast out...

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A Cry from the Depths, a Reflection on Psalm 130
Psalm 130 is classified as a lament psalm. David cried over the loss of his son. And each of us has our own losses and regrets. This psalm reminds us that in our loss, we can turn to the Lord. We can expect God to pay attention to us--although we can't clai...

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Guest Reception, a Reflection on Luke 7:40-47
The respectable man sees Jesus allowing the not respectable woman to approach him, even to touch him. From this, he concludes that Jesus can't be a prophet if he can't even tell who's deserves to be allowed to get close. Think about your own congregation. I...

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An invited and an uninvited guest, a Reflection on Luke 7:36-39
He has accepted a dinner invitation from somebody respectable. Somebody not respectable shows up. I wish I could think of some appropriate sermon illustration to insert here. I must know a lot of them, but none are coming. But if I could it would be start l...
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