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22 11, 2017

Harvey Update

2017-11-22T08:36:45-06:00November 22nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

St. Luke’s continues to partner with families in the Houston area as we work together to rebuild our community! Last week, a team served with a family living on the west side of Houston, in the Energy Corridor.This family requested help spreading topsoil in their front yard. The homeowner said, “This may seem like a strange request with the many priorities we have (mold remediation, plumbing, electrical and structural damages to name a few) but driving up to our home and walking through a yard of clay speckled with glass and broken tile is so difficult.” This sweet family—including [...]

21 11, 2017

Thank You

2017-11-21T10:27:12-06:00November 21st, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, On Thanksgiving morning, I am reminded that being thankful should be like breathing. Your apostle Paul says to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. All of these commands remind me that giving thanks isn’t something I should just stop and do sometimes. Rather, gratitude should be the very flavor of all of my thoughts, words, and deeds. It seems funny to have a single day dedicated to such a thing. We don’t have a national breathing day, or a day set aside for seeing or hearing. Giving thanks is simply a way of being [...]

17 11, 2017

Finding a Church, by Kelley Mohr Rodriguez

2017-11-17T08:53:31-06:00November 17th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

In February 2015, I decided it was time to find a church for my family. I grew up in Houston and spent my childhood very involved in my neighborhood Methodist church. I participated in about everything it had to offer from Sunday School to choir and being an acolyte. My parents instilled in me and my siblings a solid foundation to start our journey with Jesus. In college and most of my young adult life, I remained spiritual but sporadically attended church. I was building a career, moving to different cities and just got busy. That all changed [...]

17 11, 2017

I need a makeover!

2017-11-17T08:48:19-06:00November 17th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

God,I could use a makeover, like on television, when they show those before and after pictures. As I am now, my heart sags. My eyes look down instead of up. I have bags under my spirit. My motives have grown dark like circles under my eyes. My hope is giving out like flabby arm flesh. And I have bald spots where I no longer have any works of love. I need a makeover, God.Come and recreate me in the image of your Son, my Lord, my savior, and my brother. Make me new again, that I may be a part of the new creation  [...]

10 11, 2017

Spared to Serve, by Tina Throckmorton

2017-11-16T10:35:39-06:00November 10th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Thankfully, my family and our home were spared the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. However, my grandmother died in mid-September, and her passing felt all the more heartbreaking after the difficult weeks we had all just endured. Reflecting on what a wonderful Nana she was, my thoughts turned toward the beautiful Christmas stocking she made for my daughter. She worked on it months before Tessa was born so that it would be ready for her first Christmas. It is a family treasure. That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks... families who lost everything in Harvey also [...]

10 11, 2017

Love is Hard

2017-11-16T11:16:13-06:00November 10th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

God, sometimes love is easy. Showing up to help a friend. Making a phone call to a grieving brother or sister in Christ. Loving folks who love me right back. Thank you so much for that kind of amazing love, those relationships that make life full of joy and peace, patience and kindness, generosity and faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That kind of love makes me get up in the morning, and fills my heart until it overflows. There are other days, God, when love is more like work. Sometimes, when I love others, it doesn’t seem to make much difference. Their pain isn’t [...]

3 11, 2017

Mucking Out

2017-11-03T09:24:10-05:00November 3rd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod,There is stuff in my life that needs “mucking out.” You know my stuff, my challenges, my issues. I say things that are hurtful and then wonder “where did that come from?” I find myself dividing the world into “us” and “them.” I decide to do what feels good, even if I know it doesn’t help build your kingdom in any way. I choose to spend the resources you put me in charge of on things that are not consistent with your purposes. And pride - oh my own pride and ambition – that is what takes me over. The list goes on. [...]

27 10, 2017

Warmed By The Sun and The Holy Spirit, by June Rives

2017-10-27T10:15:09-05:00October 27th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Twelve stalwarts braved the heat and humidity on a Saturday morning at the monthly gardening and clean-up project at St. Luke’s Gethsemane Campus. It was a varied bunch. Young volunteers sharing family time with father or mother, plus older volunteers like me from organizations like Christian Community Service Center (CCSC), St. Luke’s and other churches.  A young man named Josh from a local Baptist church arrived early like me. He would do the “heavy lifting” later with wheelbarrow and tons of dirt that needed to be shifted. Everyone had an ebullient spirit and we got to work. Some [...]

27 10, 2017

Ever get tired of religion?

2017-10-27T09:50:36-05:00October 27th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, You know how I love church folks.  I love my flock, the people you commissioned me to care for, to encourage, those with whom I am asked to share life. I have given my life to the church. But I wonder about us sometimes. Maybe we church folks are too religious.  Religion is a dangerous thing.  It can make people self-righteous and narrow minded.  Religion can lead people to believe they are holier than those who never darken our doors. Religion can focus us on appearances and social expectations.  It leads people to check [...]

20 10, 2017

The Scenic Route, by Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears

2017-10-20T10:53:54-05:00October 20th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

From the time I was born, I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by people that have shared the love of Jesus with me. I grew up in a Christian household and was very involved in my home church in Louisiana — active in the mission and outreach group, participated in children’s and youth ministry, and was formed by leaders who took the time to disciple me and encourage my faith. When I went away to college, one of the things that grounded me was campus ministry. During my time at SMU, I led and organized Bible [...]