Monday Morning Reflections

Reflection: Living Matthew 25

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will...

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  “Buenas noches,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. It took me a minute to recognize the polite and timid tone. It was Jose*, a young man whose family I have become close to at church. “Sorry to bother you this late,” he continued, “but I wanted to talk...

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Reflection: Go Back

Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.          Philemon...

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Reflection: Judgment and Justice

“I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:16   There are many reasons that we humans fall into discord and disagreement.  Sometimes this happens simply because the same word means different things in our minds, but we assume we...

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Reflection: Priorities

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”  Luke 21:5-6 Amid...

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Reflection: In Prison

“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36 We all have little bytes of data that make up our particular identity in this world.  I remember when I was in seminary, and we held an...

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Reflection: Mission Statement

Thus says the Lord:Heaven is my throneand the earth is my footstool;what is the house that you would build for me,and what is my resting-place? Isaiah 66:1 We are coming up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz...

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Reflection: Father’s Day

The Lord brought Abram outside and said, “Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”  Then the Lord said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5 I have mentioned before that one of the best days of the year for me is...

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Reflection: A Waking Dream

Then afterwardsI will pour out my spirit on all flesh;your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,your old men shall dream dreams,and your young men shall see visions. Joel 2:28 On June 2nd, I played substitute moderator for the congregational meeting of Good Shepherd...

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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.