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    1. Marcia

      Thank you, Beverly, for your affirmation.

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  1. Susan Steinberg

    Thank you, Marcia. Beautiful stories and significant insights, as always.

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you for reading and for commenting, Susan.

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  2. So much beauty here, Marcia…This is a post to read many times! I feel like there are many essays here…and so to comment on the Genesis story is where I’ll start. I never thought of how God shows us a mirror of ourselves, how He blesses us with depictions of our truth. Even if the fruit hung too high, we’d go after it! I wrote this line down: “Things will be a lot harder if you grasp for more than you really need.” thank you for that!!!

    I didn’t know the amazing story of your aunt or the source of Mary Elizabeth’s name. Life eternal. God is with us always.

    Lyn

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you, Lyn. Yes, the story’s power has sort of gotten highjacked by the focus on blame and shame that Western Christianity has emphasized. The descriptive clarity and power of the story is a real gift–scripture is full of those! I am thankful that it all touched you in a place that resonates and kindles new wisdom. And Amen to your statement of faith at the end–“God is with us always.”
      Peace,
      Marcia

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  3. Lee Bomgaars

    Marcia, Just finished reading your sermon blog. I found your site after seeing Brian’s posting on Facebook. Truly a remarkable story, with great perspective on the living of life, and being released in death to our heavenly home. I have recently experienced the loss of several colleagues and another dear friend whose life is near the end. It is difficult to lose such relationships, but your words of wisdom help me to realize the blessings I have received from knowing them. Thank you for sharing, and yes we remember your time of trial as you awaited the arrival of Mary Elizabeth.

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you, Lee. It is wonderful to hear from you. It sounds like you’ve had to be present to the reality of death a lot lately. I pray God’s Spirit is generous to you in your walk with both the sadness and the wisdom that comes with that proximity to Holy mystery.
      I could preach a whole new sermon on how First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville cared for me during my pregnancy with Mary Elizabeth. That journey was life-changing in so many ways. I actually did write a bit about in in my chapter in “Wide Open Space: Women Exploring Call through Stories and Reflection.” That care you all gave me was an important part of my call and my life in Christ. I will always be thankful for that.
      Thank you again, Lee. What a blessing to hear from you!
      Peace,
      Marcia

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