EP Reflections

New Year, New Light

And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. Matthew 2:12 Happy New Year! This year, I am feeling more hope than I have for several years now. But New Year’s Day turned into a weekend, which was just...

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Light in the Darkness

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 It’s been a little chilly lately, and the chill makes me think about that holy night when the baby Jesus was born, unprotected...

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Update on Monte Vista Grove Homes’ Renovation:

Monte Vista Grove Homes, a retirement center in Pasadena, primarily for Presbyterian pastors and their spouses, has certainly been impacted by the Covid 19 virus pandemic since early 2020, but it has used this COVID time as a learning experience for the future of its...

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Walking Paths

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight...

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Latchkey Stew

So then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God Ephesians 2:19 As you may know for the November Presbytery meeting, I was quarantined at home due to both of my family members testing...

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Giving Thanks

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 This is Thanksgiving week, and while it’s good to give thanks—at all times and in all circumstances— it’s nice to be...

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Family Weekend

[E]ndurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:4-5 Yesterday, an elder who had just finished leading in...

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Entertaining Angels

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2 This Saturday, we are trying to move into post-pandemic life as a presbytery. We will hold our first meeting...

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Thus says the Lord:A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping.Rachel is weeping for her children;she refuses to be comforted for her children,because they are no more. Jeremiah 31:15 Because today is Halloween—or, more importantly, tomorrow is All...

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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.