Radiation Fatigue: A Poem (13 October 2016)

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Radiation Fatigue There’s an ache, a soreness of the muscles, a deep down, next-to-the-bone weariness that sets in about thirty minutes after you finish a job well done – swinging a hammer, pulling a saw, laying bricks or tile, moving …

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A Meditation on Mortality (for the parish newsletter)

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==================== A “Rector’s Reflection” offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston in the July 2016 issue of “The Epistle,” the newsletter of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. ==================== The week of the summer …

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Adhesions in the Body Politic

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As a human body moves, its tissues or organs normally move and shift, repositioning themselves in relation to one another within a normative range; nothing in the body is static. These tissues and organs have slippery surfaces and natural lubricants …

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You Did Not Return – From the Daily Office Lectionary

You Did Not Return From the Daily Office Lectionary for Thursday in the week of Advent 1, Year 2 (3 December 2015) Amos 4:6 ~ . . . . yet you did not return to me, says the Lord. The …

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Seeds of Destruction – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Seeds of Destruction From the Daily Office Lectionary for Friday in the week of Proper 25, Year 1 (Pentecost 22, 2015) Matthew 13:24 ~ [Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who …

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Fear Not – From the Daily Office – October 27, 2014

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From Ecclesiasticus: Have you heard something? Let it die with you. Be brave, it will not make you burst! (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 19:10 (NRSV) – October 27, 2014) Ben Sira’s admonition is set in context in …

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The Storm of Depression – Sermon for August 19, 2014, Pentecost 9, Proper 14A

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==================== On the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 10, 2014, this sermon was offered to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; …

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Psalms Are Not Science – From the Daily Office – May 17, 2014

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From Book of Psalms: For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. …

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Death Rattle of Death – From the Daily Office – April 22, 2014

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From the First Letter to the Corinthians: The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – 1 Corinthians 15:26 (NRSV) – April 22, 2014.) Two weeks before Easter I came down with the flu. I …

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The Deadly Pestilence – From the Daily Office – March 28, 2014

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From the Psalter: He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings; his faithfulness shall be a shield and …

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