Author: Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Jennifer Woodruff Tait (PhD, Duke University) is the editor of and frequent contributor to Life for Leaders. She is also the managing editor of Christian History magazine and web editor for the Theology of Work Project, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. She has written a book of poetry, Histories of Us. Jennifer lives in Berea, Kentucky, with her husband, Edwin, and their two daughters.

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Pieces of dried fruit, including apples, mangoes, kiwis, an orange, a pear, and a strawberry

The Fruit of the Spirit’s Not a Kiwi

The fruit of the spirit is not a kiwi. It’s also not a “super-spiritual” life that disdains the material world.

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Giuseppe Angeli, Elijah Taken Up in a Chariot of Fire, c. 1740/1755

The God of Elijah

Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? He is still here, and we can still follow him.

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A crucifix hanging on a wall with reliefs above it of God the Father (depicted as a bearded man) and the Holy Spirit (depicted as a dove), plus many angels

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

What implications does the idea of relating to those around you with the same mutual, self-giving love that characterizes the Trinity have for your life and work?

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A black and white image from deep inside a well showing beautiful sunlight at the top

No Pit So Deep

In times of trial—which there will be no shortage of for believers—we can know and feel that the Triune God is with us.

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The Peace of Christ

No matter how dark it gets—even up to and including death itself—the peace of Christ is available to us, given anew over and over again by the Holy Spirit.

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A tree by a river in the city of Bruges, Belgium

Healing for All

All that has been broken and hurt will be healed.

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A fishing boat out on the sea at dawn

And Our Despair He Turns to Blazing Joy

Think of those disciples on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius. Confused, caught between the old and the new, puzzled by their post-Resurrection meetings with Jesus, fishing in the dark and catching nothing.

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All the Way My Savior Leads Me

If, like me, you do not have a dramatic darkness-to-light name-changing tale, but merely a life nurtured in Christian community and claiming more and more faith for your own as Jesus kept revealing himself to you, you can still take heart from Paul’s story.

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Ride On, King Jesus (Part 2)

Jesus defeated Caesar’s power, but not by anything so obvious as sending an army against him.

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Ride On, King Jesus (Part 1)

Jesus rightfully reigns over all of creation and all earthly rulers; if one group of his subjects is unable to praise him, another will join in, down to the very stones.

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A page from the Gospel of Luke showing the parable of the Prodigal Son

Lost and Found

Maybe as you come to this Refreshment Sunday you wonder if you will ever be refreshed. Be assured: the Father loves you.

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Turning Point

The people of God are not yet all the way to the place God has called them to be. But they are far enough along that they can stop, rest, begin to settle in, and survey the ground.

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A path leading through the Garden of Gethsemane

Pointed Towards the Cross

Jesus Christ covenanted to love us until the end. That is why he pointed himself to walk the road to the cross. This Lent, may we walk it with him.

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Passing Between the Pieces

The Lenten journey teaches us pretty quickly that we are going to screw up.

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#Blessed and #Cursed

What makes us #blessed or #cursed is not whether we have money, fame, and a good reputation.

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