Author Archive | Melanie Bettinelli

He shall banish the chariot

Today’s first reading is from the prophet Zechariah: Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, Meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from […]

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A Benediction for the Capitol

In November of 1800 Congress convened for the first time in joint session in the as yet unfinished Capitol building and John Adams gave his last address as president. It would be unbecoming the representatives of this nation to assemble for the first time in this solemn temple without looking up to the Supreme Ruler […]

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June Reading Notes

Finished in June: 1. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett I brought this one along to read at the lake house because I knew with hours of reading time, I’d quickly move beyond my carefully paced reading in all my ongoing books. I was right and it was delightful to lose myself in a Pratchett romp […]

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Two Kinds of Wonder

“Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man’s attitude toward history and nature. One attitude is alien to his spirit: taking things for granted, regarding events as a natural course of things. To find an approximate cause of a phenomenon is no answer to his ultimate wonder. He knows that there […]

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