In case you are wondering from the title, this is a message about being welcomed. About the spiritual gift of hospitality. About what it feels like to be included and excluded and invited back in, in our culture and our world. I’ve mentioned before that the messages I prepare for Sunday mornings always seem to […]Read more "But Not the Hippopotamus"
Early this week—Monday evening, actually—I had what I’ve come to recognize as a nudge from God and I paid attention and followed it. It came after a really difficult day when I was struggling; I was sad and a bit upset with God. On Monday mornings right now at the hospital, I am leading a […]Read more "Heavenly Things"
We are made for light. Sunlight literally triggers a happiness hormone in our brains that helps us stay calm and focused. Researchers now know that certain conditions—like depression and anxiety—get worse when we don’t get enough sunlight. Many of us complain on gray, dreary days in the middle of winter that we feel blue and […]Read more "Seeing in the Dark"
by Daniel Lee This week Friend Dan Lee brought the message while Katherine was on vacation. Thank you, Dan, for the inspiration and thoughtful connections to early Friends! When Katherine asked if I’d be available to give today’s message I immediately said yes. I had no topic in mind, but almost immediately the Prophet Daniel […]Read more "Following Daniel into the Den"
When I was five or six years old, walking on the ceiling was one of my favorite pastimes. I probably discovered it completely by accident, on a long, boring summer afternoon. I still remember the look on my mom’s face when she walked into the living room and found me upside-down in one of the […]Read more "Quiet Strength"
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a toddler in the house. Gloria is reminding me—sometimes uncomfortably–of things I’d forgotten and she is keeping me on my toes. I’ve learned to read the look in her eye that means “I’m going to eat your favorite plants now” or the hop in her gait that […]Read more "The Flow of Grace"
The walk to Emmaus is one of my favorite New Testament stories. It contains everything a good story needs: heartbreak, challenge, effort, confusion, struggle—and ultimately, a big reveal and a happy ending. We learn from this story that there is good—that God is still working—even when it feels like all is lost. We’re reminded that […]Read more "On the Road Again"
Well, it’s been quite stretch here for us lately. Unexpected events, uncertain outcomes, things like safety—our personal safety, the safety of our meeting—on our minds and hearts. This experience has made real for me what a blessing and a luxury it is to feel safe: some people live with insecurity and fear every single day. […]Read more "A Shepherd’s Care"
What do you do when you have a really big decision to make? Do you just go with your gut? Do you write out pros and cons and then make your decision based on which side of the paper has the longest list? Do you pray for guidance or sit in silence with your question? […]Read more "A Little Direction, Please"
When you were little and you needed comforting, what was it—or who was it—that did the trick? For me, the person who could always help me feel okay again was my Great-Grandma Roos, a playmate 77 years older than I was and an endless source of love, fun, and tenderness. If I woke in the […]Read more "The Comfort of God"