The only thing certain was that things would change …

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The only thing certain was that things would change …

The Joy of Easter


Dear sisters in Christ Jesus.  Blessed and Holy Easter be with you now and always.

We are in the midst of Holy Week and Palm Sunday has just concluded so we are in that seemingly liminal time of just waiting.  Not so?  Not so!
We are in the thick of it and if we are not engaged in and with the Holy Week Story and Journey we miss an opportunity to be stretched and changed and challenged into deeper growth and relationship with one another and our Lord.  Holy Week is about taking it all in but only a little at a time throughout each of these days.  Too much at one time, like eating a good meal in a few bites, can spoil not only the meal but the fellowship/those gathered about the table.  A good friend while going through Holy Week and Easter with me a number of years ago said, “taking this all in without moderation can make the appropriation of the message sickening.”  I believe he was and is correct.  It is a hard and harsh reality that Jesus undergoes that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
So what about us.  A little each day and throughout each day as we read, and meditate both personally and corporately upon these acts.  Not living into just the pain and sorrow, but in the final outcome, the joy and glory of God’s grace and our new life in that grace.
Holy Week is Holy for us.  Maundy Thursday Good Friday and Holy Saturday are all one with Easter.  The Three Day (Pascal Triduum) are living life as it is lived by Jesus so that we might live into the love of God now/The Kingdom of God.
You are in my prayers for this Most Holy time and may the blessing of Christ Jesus be with us all now and into the Ages of Ages.



My father was fond of saying that the only thing that was certain was that things would change.  I understand to what he was referencing.  Nothing stays the same and that is very true for Kathy and me at this point in our lives.  With the announcement of my intention to retire and the date of that retirement set, the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast is busy in doing the work to seek, find, secure, bring and welcome into the Diocese the IV Bishop at the consecration on Saturday, the 25th of July, 2015.  It has been “interesting” to watch, listen and keep quiet during this process.  Interesting is a way of saying that sometimes you can learn a lot in the changes taking place just by observation without making comments.   Some others may understand that “the silence” is not the same as detachment or disassociation but rather a way of seeing more deeply into oneself and others.  Not to grasp that would be tragic and inappropriate to continuing  relationships and leadership.

So Kathy and I decide to sell our house early and move into a rental condominium not far from the beach.  We love it.  We now are beginning to look for a place to live in Austin, Texas (that is where the 6 year old granddaughter lives with her parents) and to further “downsize” what we own.  That is a pain and how could we have so much stuff?  Our conversations about what goes, stays, given, sold, pitched or labeled uncertain, have been very interesting.   Change is ahead of us.  Change is behind us.  Change is where we now are and in which we are in the process of negotiating during the rest of the summer.   Blessed be God who is with us in all the changes in and throughout our lives.  Blessings to each of you during this summer and with the changes that your lives may undergo.    In Christ who is with us and goes before us,  I am,

Bishop Philip Duncan

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