Monday Morning Reflections

It’s Gonna Be Great!

They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns;             in the name of the Lord I cut them off! Psalm 118:12 Life feels different this week, at least to me.  The sun came out which is a huge boon for me (though I’ve been reminded that others...

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Life Goes On

While Jesus was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you...

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Quiet Dawn

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.” Matthew 28:5-6a One of the traditional questions in the Passover seder is “Why is this night different from...

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The End of the World

So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:22 We are entering into Holy Week, and I have never felt the emotions of this week more than now.  There have been many parallels between the...

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Terror and Amazement

So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Mark 16:8 We are in a season when pastors would normally comment on the challenge of preaching on Palm Sunday and Easter. It’s...

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Disruption: Cookies and Toilet Paper

Jesus was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Mark 1:13 With all the overload of ever-changing data about the Coronavirus, I sometimes forget that we are still in Lent, which if you think about...

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Coronavirus: A New Kind of Lenten Fast

The Lord said to Moses:  You yourself are to speak to the Israelites:  “You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.” Exodus 31:12-13 It seems an...

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Caring for Our Communities in Response to COVID-19

Dear San Gabriel Presbytery family, This has been a stressful and confusing time as we all try to come to termswith the rapidly-changing guidelines regarding Coronavirus. The currentthinking is for all of us to sacrifice our busy lifestyles for the continuedhealth of...

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Human Rights in the Philippines

At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. Romans 15:25-26 Among Presbyterian leaders, we often refer to our “connectional”...

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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.