A Peace of Our Minds

Once upon a time there was an elderly priest named Zechariah. He had been serving God faithfully for a long time. He was a priest in the temple, a direct descendant in the lineage of Aaron, Moses’ brother, and Luke tells us that he was a good and righteous man who fulfilled his role faithfully, […]

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A Friendly Difference

Happy World Quaker Day! This is the fifth anniversary of the celebration started by the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), which invites Quaker meetings and churches around the world to recognize the oneness of spirit that joins us. Here’s the description of their vision, which is posted on their website (www.worldquakerday.org): As the sun […]

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Paths to Peace

Hopefully, as you sit here this morning in this beautiful place, among Friends, you feel a sense of ease and peace. For these few moments we share together, there’s nothing else to do, nowhere else we need to go. We can just settle into the quiet, listen for God together, and feel filled up by […]

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The Beautiful Season

Last Sunday, during monthly meeting for business, Ruth stood up and shared a thought she had about the flowerbeds on the south side of the meetinghouse. Right now, she said, there are boxwood bushes on each end and “dry, dead stuff” in the middle. She suggested we might put some thought and care into what […]

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R-e-l-a-x

So with the arrival of July, we’re moving into high summer. Things just naturally seem to slow down a little when the full heat and humidity of the season arrive. We may still enjoy outdoor activities, but we’re probably strategic about it, pulling weeds in the cool of the morning or taking a walk after […]

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Showers of Blessings

One rainy afternoon last week, I was walking past the office of one of our nurse managers, when I suddenly stopped and stepped into her office and stood there, listening to it rain. She’s the only person in the whole hospital who has an office that is like a greenhouse, with a curved glass ceiling […]

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Kinship with All Life

What will you do to commemorate Earth Day today? Will you pick up trash, plant flowers, go to the recycling center, feed the birds, or just breathe the fresh spring air and feel grateful? There’s an infinite number of ways—organized and not—we can honor the sacred relationship we share with our earth. I personally look […]

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Having Enough

So did you get enough to eat on Thursday? Are you still full? Thanksgiving has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? There is so much to eat and it’s all good. Special dishes our families love, connected to sweet memories and time-worn traditions. We have to try at least some of everything. Soon we’re […]

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Scraped Knees and Second Chances

First, prayers and thoughts of safety and peace for all beings impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To help, please consider donating to the Red Cross (www.redcross.org), Austin Pets Alive (www.austinpetsalive.org), or the support organization of your choice. August 27, 2017 Did any of you go through your childhood with perpetually scraped knees? I know I did—and […]

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Peace Like a River

A number of years ago, my kids and grandkids and I started getting together on Sunday evenings for what we call “family dinner,” where we pitch in and share a meal before the new work week begins. It’s been a mostly fun tradition, a way to be actually present with one another in person—enabling us […]

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