In the Blossoming of Time

Yesterday was such a beautiful day! Even while the snow was still slowly melting along the tree line in my backyard, I was out looking at the garden beds, making mental plans for spring cleaning and planting, likely just weeks away. I so easily slipped into the future, seeing the garden full of healthy and […]

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The Power of Presence

Today’s message is about the power of example and the way our lives speak—knowingly or not, and for good or for ill—into the lives of others. We never really know when our actions will leave a lasting impact on someone else. It might be the time we helped someone pick up a bag of groceries […]

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Jesus Wept — and Remembered

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day when we remember those in our nation’s military service who have lost their lives serving this country, doing their best to defend and protect the ideals as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. The tradition of going to decorate graves on Memorial Day—which early on was called Decoration Day—is […]

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A Healing Pause

Last week, NASA published what I thought was an amazing report showing that the human heart is changed when we go to space. Apparently microgravity, which is the weaker gravity astronauts experience when they are orbiting the earth, encourages the growth of a certain hormone that helps our hearts to regenerate and refresh. Isn’t that […]

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Spring Anyway

  Yesterday morning early, Janice sent me two pictures of the back of the church, where the spring flowers are in bloom. It was such a hopeful start to the day! The hyacinths, the daffodils, they are just doing what they do, on their own natural timeframe, blooming into beauty in their own natural time, […]

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Morning thought: Wednesday

Today’s Friendly Reflection for Lent could not be more perfect for the situation we find ourselves in today! Here is the full quote, from early Friend John Woolman: The place of prayer is a precious habitation: … I saw this habitation to be safe, to be inwardly quiet, when there was great stirrings and commotions […]

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The Secret Garden

Did you have a favorite book when you were little? Maybe you liked Gulliver’s Travels, Oliver Twist, or the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys series. You might have read the Doctor Dolittle series, like I did, or enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, long before the television show made the stories part of our […]

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Hall of Mirrors

When you were young, did you ever go through a carnival fun house? You know–the place with all the trick mirrors that made your reflection super tall and thin or really short and round, or perhaps give you a tiny body and a huge, warbly head? I was never much of a fan of those […]

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Touched by Light

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was afraid of having nightmares. Night after night, she’d come wandering out to the living room long after she was supposed to be asleep. Night after night, her mom would take her by the hand, lead her back to bed, and tuck her in. One […]

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A Little Direction, Please

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? […]

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