Monday Morning Reflections

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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Reflection: A Blessing to the Nations

Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, for all whom...

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Reflection: Forgiving, and Forgiven

[Jesus said,] “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25  I don’t know if I’ve ever recommended a television show (probably because I didn’t want to admit...

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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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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.