Browsing Deacon Wilson's Wisdom

Mission Possible - Always

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/26/20

     In today’s Gospel Jesus said to his apostles: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.”  Those words, possibly the last he spoke to them, shaped their mission and their lives. After three years of teaching and preaching, he reminded them one ... Read More »

The Power Promise

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/18/20

     We have all had memorable experiences that stick with us long after they occur.  These memories make an impact because they impress us with their grandeur, their beauty, or their power.  One such image that I remember is the sound and power of Niagara Falls.  Driving from Lake ... Read More »

Welcome Home

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/11/20

     Occasionally when I find myself in that part of Kenosha where I grew up, I take a detour and drive past my old neighborhood.  It’s a nostalgic moment as I stop in front of the white house on the corner where I grew up, and allow a flood ... Read More »

Shepherds All

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/04/20

     While the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was once very popular, many of us today might not appreciate being compared to sheep.  From ancient Hebrew Scriptures Ezekiel reminds us:  “I myself will look after and tend my sheep.  …I will rescue them, give them rest…the lost ... Read More »

Down the Road

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 4/29/20

     We have all had the experience of losing our way and desperately searching for road signs and GPA directives that will lead us successfully to our destination.  After many wrong turns, missed markers, and a shattered sense of direction, we realize we are hopelessly lost. A similar happening ... Read More »

Christ's Love Forever

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 4/20/20

Human understanding can only develop when some connection---some bond exists among people.  Empathy is strengthened by love, and relationships are enhanced when a common connection is recognized.  An orchestra conductor will tell you that it is easy to tell if a musician loves the music being played by the ... Read More »

Life on the Other Side

Posted by Penny Haney on 4/13/20

Today, we celebrate the happy ending to our tragic Good Friday story. Jesus has risen! Alleluia! We shout “Alleluia!” because we celebrate the greatest of all endings, Jesus has risen. We also celebrate the fact that each of us has been given a new beginning. Because of Jesus, we ... Read More »

True to Self

Posted by Penny Haney on 4/06/20

There is a classic and much quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “This above all: to thine own self be true.” It was good advice for Hamlet, and it is good advice for all who wish to lead others along life’s spiritual journey. Henri Nouwen, theologian and author, a few ... Read More »

Come Out

Posted by Penny Haney on 3/28/20

We are all eager to find love, but as a young widow remarked: “Someone should have told me that love plants the seed of grief, and the deeper the love the deeper the grief. Even if we never say it aloud, we come to know that love readies us ... Read More »

How Blind Are We?

Posted by Penny Haney on 3/21/20

            There is definitely an element of fear connected with darkness, whether that darkness is physical or spiritual. It is comforting to remember however, that there is never darkness so deep or so powerful that we cannot be liberated by God’s grace. Helen Keller, in her autobiography, The Story ... Read More »