Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a dad walking humbly & seeking justice

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falling

falling

you said to eat from

any tree in the garden

just not that one

the one in the middle

the one with the best fruit

but i ate it anyway

and now i’m falling

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Norfolk Tides

The other night our church, Monumental United Methodist, had a church night at Harbor Park for a Norfolk Tides game. It was a great night for baseball. A slight, occasional breeze off of the river. The storm clouds stayed away. At least until the seventh inning, with a gentle rain began to fall.

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A Prayer for This Day

Today was the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have spent a lot of time in Charlottesville. It is one of my favorite cities in Virginia. I spent three months around campus while doing CPE. When Megan and I lived in different cities the year before we were married, we had date days in Charlottesville. And of course, many fall days spent there for the Virginia Film Festival.

It has been difficult today.

Watching social media and seeing the images coming out of Charlottesville, has been tough.  I’ve walked those streets. I’ve been in those buildings. I’ve visited those spaces.  And to see the hate, the violence, and the unthinkable happening feels like a heavy burden pressuring down on me.

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Sermon: Wrestling with God

This is a sermon I preached on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Ebenezer United Methodist in Suffolk, Virginia. The text I preached on was Genesis 32:22-31, Jacob wrestling with God (or was it) through the night.

 

A Day in Duck, North Carolina

The other day we drove down to Duck, North Carolina along the Outer Banks to visit with some friends who were vacationing there. We were reminded of how close we are to the Outer Banks and that we should take more advantage of it being so close. We had a fun day.

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