Karen Treat

Grieving Accompanied

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.  Psalm 46:5 One profound memory during this pandemic was in Holy Week.  A week that reveals human nature at its worst...

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Easter Rocked with Fear and Great Joy

8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. -Matthew 28: 8-9 Happy Easter!  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed! ...

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The Presence of God…in uncertain times

Gospel John 11:39-45.  39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." 40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the...

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Peace Article

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  John 14:27 Over the years, I have watched as we share the peace at church for many to want to hide or hold...

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Invitation to Sit

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many...

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The Invitation

by Karen Treat “Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.”  John 21:12-14 I love...

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Unconditional Grief

by Karen Treat The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"  2 Samuel 18:33 I have to wonder why David...

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Lenten Reflection

by Karen Treat Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.  Psalm 23: 4 As I write this I am coming up on Ash Wednesday. I made a very bold move and asked if I could preach this year.  On...

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Where were you, God?

By Karen Treat I love the story of Elijah in I Kings 18-19.  Elijah is the prophet who takes down all the false prophets in the area and then flees for his life because Queen Jezebel wanted him dead.  Those were her prophets.  How dare he kill them?  The disheartened...

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