a blog about words and faith and life by Cindy Maddox


My name is Cindy Maddox and I am the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of South Portland, Maine. This is my personal blog about faith, spirituality, life, love, church, justice, parenting, and anything else that captures my attention on any given day. Thanks for reading.

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  1. Mary Stanton said:

    I agree total about the funeral procession being broken into. Our father was an Army sargeant and was definite on his ideas about a funeral procession. Our youngest sister was a funeral director with her husband in a small Texas town.
    On highways (especially in large cities), I have seen people “accidentally” break into a procession, but once they figure
    it out, they move out of the line.
    I agree with your thoughts and hope you have a good day.

  2. What a beautifully written and impactful piece, “Stopping Traffic”. You have a gift! Thank you for sharing. Hopefully it will cause many people to take pause and reflect the next time a funeral procession is in their path. I’ve always felt it an honour to be a bystander in a chance funeral procession. It never ceases to amaze me how such an inner peace emerges in my mind and the soul at that moment the hearse passes and the many cars follow.

  3. George Russell said:

    Thanks for helping us see deeply into the grieving process. You also didn’t,t judge outright, but lovingly thought the best, and gently presented the case.

  4. Pastor, Would it be possible to receive permission from you to reprint your article in our local paper? This is well done and I believe our readers will think so too.

  5. Hello,

    I just read the piece you wrote that appeared in the Huffington Post. While I have never written authors of works like this before, I want to take the time to say thank you. Having been in one of those processions, I cannot believe how perfectly you nailed it – that experience, that loss.

    Thanks for taking the time to write the piece. No matter what faith, if any, a person follows, it will help her/him.

    So thank you.


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