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24 05, 2019

Some things we won’t forget

2019-05-24T08:46:08-06:00May 24th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Some things we won’t forget

Our inside-out habits: We pray and worship. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, In the movies, the soldiers get shot and killed, and the plot just moves on. And, I guess in the real world, that happens too. The world just moves on forward without those who are lost. Except, of course, for the loved ones of those who gave their lives for country or cause. Those families will never be the same. They will move [...]

22 05, 2019

Remembering

2019-05-22T15:14:30-06:00May 22nd, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Remembering

Sometimes you scratch your head and ask yourself, “Where do I begin? What can I remember?”  This story begins with my wanting to talk with a World War Two veteran.  I have read countless books on the subject, so I was hoping for a first-hand account to be able to share with my kids someday.  I wanted to hear the vets story, what they remember, what they felt during and after the war. I met Louis Gammons through contacts at St. Luke’s.  I tell you without exaggeration; a busier and more active man doesn’t exist, at any age, [...]

17 05, 2019

The Joneses

2019-05-17T09:09:43-06:00May 17th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Joneses

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, There is a worm that lives in my heart. Most of the time, I think he must be sleeping. But sometimes, he wakes up and begins to eat away at all the good feelings inside. The worm has a name - envy. When the worm is at work, I compare myself to others and spend my energy wishing I was as good as they seem to be. I wish I had the gifts and talents they have, the success they have achieved, the friendships they enjoy, the courage they seem to muster, the discipline they appear [...]

10 05, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day, by Gena Blanchard

2019-05-10T09:04:38-06:00May 10th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Happy Mother’s Day, by Gena Blanchard

Ken and I talked about children before we got married and agreed if the other decided they wanted children we would have them, but we didn’t feel strongly about it either way. We checked in with each other from time to time and never got the itch. We had nieces and nephews on both sides of our families so we had lots of children in our lives and I got to help mother most of them. We have been Auntie and Uncle to all of the kids and their friends. Hailey is our great niece on my side [...]

10 05, 2019

Together with Mom

2019-05-10T08:56:53-06:00May 10th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Together with Mom

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am so grateful to have lots of moms in my life - my own mom, the marvelous mom of my children, the amazing moms of my grandchildren, the spiritual moms who have shared their faith with me along my journey and who still pray for me and for my family, and the loving and caring moms in our congregation who like to "mother me." These are all people who have chosen to give themselves away, investing themselves in my life, sharing a piece of their lives with me. I am so grateful to [...]

3 05, 2019

Onward and Upward

2019-05-03T11:44:14-06:00May 3rd, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Onward and Upward

A PERSONAL PRAYER  God, I remember when I felt that full fire in my belly, and I charged out the door every morning ready to change the world. I confess that sometimes now, God, I find myself coasting, hoping for easy rather than world-changing. I remember when I leaned forward toward the next exciting thing God had in store for me. I confess that sometimes now, God, I resist change and prefer to stay comfortable. Still, it seems that as I have grown older, my steps have become more consistent, more disciplined, more steady. I am coming to [...]

19 04, 2019

Good Friday? An Even Better Sunday!

2019-04-19T08:55:55-06:00April 19th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Good Friday? An Even Better Sunday!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of indescribable, unfathomable, incomprehensible love, As dawn broke on Friday morning, your beloved Son was on the way to the court of the pavements between the fortress and the temple. The long prayer of agony in the garden was accomplished. The betrayal was complete. The arrest was carried out. The midnight trial was over. Peter's denial was so fresh on his mind. Still ahead was the unfaithfulness of the crowd, the treachery of the religious leaders, the weak will of Pilate, the scourge and the thorns and beatings, the long walk with a crosspiece [...]

12 04, 2019

Small Acts of Great Love, by Rachel Fisher

2019-04-12T09:50:52-06:00April 12th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Small Acts of Great Love, by Rachel Fisher

A recent study from The Society for Human Resource Management found that "94 percent of millennials want to use their skills to benefit a cause” and “57 percent wish that there were more company-wide service days.” As someone of that generation, I can attest that the pressure to “make a difference” is tremendous. We all want to do great things that create a better world. Unfortunately, I do not have superpowers. Nor do I have Bill and Melinda Gates’ bank account. But what I do have...are doughnuts. In St. Luke’s 40 Daily Acts of Grace and Mercy: A [...]

12 04, 2019

Save us!

2019-04-12T09:37:06-06:00April 12th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Save us!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of grace, Just like every year, I am trying to figure out what to say about Palm Sunday. There will be hosannas and palm branches waving, church family picnics and children's choirs singing and such happy worship. It all reminds me of donkeys and parades, children making a pathway of green for your entrance into Jerusalem. Yet there is something that seems shallow about Palm Sunday. I will say Jesus is king, but do I really mean it? Do I recognize his complete authority over me? Do I recognize that nothing I have belongs [...]

5 04, 2019

It’s not supposed to be easy

2019-04-05T09:56:10-06:00April 5th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on It’s not supposed to be easy

A PERSONAL PRAYER  Dear Jesus, The other day after a sermon about the idols we worship, someone confessed to me that he has made "comfort and happiness" his god. I thought a lot about that. I think I can make the same confession. So many times I long for life to be easy. I find myself wondering why everything seems challenging, why nothing just flows along nicely without any bumps and bruises along the way. I think, "well, I must be doing something wrong. If I was doing it right, then life would be going smoothly." Ah, but now I see it. It isn't supposed [...]