I had planned all sorts of things for this message this morning, as I anticipated having a whole delicious week off with no surgery, no recovery, and no “have tos” planned. The whole week stretched before me and my only intention was to spend time quietly with God, keeping my heart and mind open, awake […]Read more "Preparing for Peace"
Memories are such funny things. This week, out of the blue, I remembered a moment from more than 30 years ago that became the seed for this morning’s message. My brother John had come to visit when I was living in Brown County, and we were having coffee in the kitchen that morning when he […]Read more "Our Part in Peace"
Yesterday at Hancock Health I had the blessing of participating in a virtual Good Friday service we offered for our community, knowing that many, many people this Holy Week will be unable to go out and attend services as they normally would. Here I want to share the first of two reflections I offered in […]Read more "Pause for a Breath"
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 […]Read more "Morning thought: Wednesday"
It may be hard to feel excited about spring right now, with all that’s going on in the world and in our communities. Yesterday here in central Indiana a beautiful snow fell most of the afternoon, leaving a dusting on the ground and nothing on the streets. It reminded me of the joke we typically […]Read more "Planting Peace"
Our Friendly Reflection this morning is a well-known phrase from William Penn: “Let us then try what Love will do,” reminding us that we have a choice in the way we think about, understand, and respond to the changing circumstances around us each day. Instead of responding with irritation or upset, boredom or resistance, we can pause […]Read more "Morning Thought: Saturday"
Yesterday morning I took my car in to be serviced, hoping for an inexpensive fix to the “check engine” light that had been gleaming at me from the dash for the last three weeks. There weren’t many people at the dealership for a Saturday, perhaps because of the pouring rain. It had started raining the […]Read more "Sabbath Rest"
Well, Friends, unfortunately the light-hearted, easy message I had planned for us today (and already half finished) has been pre-empted by something else that felt more important to say this morning. If you’ve been following the news this week, you’re aware of the rising tensions and military action that resulted in the death of an […]Read more "A Call for Prayer"
Have you noticed the sense of peace and quiet that settles over the world as winter arrives? No more crickets chirping; only a few bird calls, here and there. There are no leaves left on the trees to rustle in the breeze. Late at night, when I take Gloria outside for the last time before […]Read more "Peace and Quiet"
Last week I had just learned about the second of the two shootings on my way to church and as I walked into the meetinghouse, I was feeling heartsick and discouraged. My silent, ongoing prayer last Sunday was that God would minister to us and somehow bring words of truth and comfort, kindness and fellowship. […]Read more "Peace in Our Time"