Monday Morning Reflections

Reflection: We Are the World

“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” ...

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Reflection: Jesus the Refugee

Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. Matthew 2:14-15a For some years now, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has asked presbyteries about their work on behalf of refugees in their...

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Reflection: The End

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and...

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Reflection: Hope Lives

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.  John 20:18 Happy Easter! It almost seems an act of insensitivity to be joyous this Easter, against the backdrop of the last week’s...

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Reflection: Blood and Salvation

But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his...

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Reflection: Gathering Stones, Silent and Shouting

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Luke 19:39-40 Last Saturday we held our Presbytery meeting.  I thank Divine Light Presbyterian Church...

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Reflection: Defective Faithfulness

Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me.  Whoever is not against us is for us.”          March 9:39-40 In the last couple of weeks I have had conversations with two people in our...

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Reflection: Prophets and the Messiah

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Luke 3:7 I am back in California after a week in the state of Georgia.  When I started with you as Executive Presbyter, I had the...

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Reflection: They are us

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:19 This last week I was shocked twice. The first shock came on Tuesday, through a short message from Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, our Stated Clerk: It is with a heavy heart...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.