Do you remember the moment when you first knew you were feeling the presence of God? Maybe it came to you as a sense of hush or a feeling of peace in a Quaker meeting. Perhaps you felt comfort in a difficult time, or a warming of your heart during a conversation or a prayer. […]Read more "Divine Introductions"
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 […]Read more "A Friendly Difference"
Already it’s apple season. And that brings lots of things to be thankful for: Apple cider, apple cake, cinnamon apple bread, apple pies. Tart apples, sweet apples, crispy apples, red, green, and gold. Life is good, especially in the fall, isn’t it? The local you-pick apple orchards are now open for business, and farm stores […]Read more "Apple Season"
Have you ever been around truly exuberant people? They just seem to overflow with enthusiasm. They’re continually coming up with new ideas and plans, and they are super excited about trying to get you to come along on their adventure. Chances are that they love-love-love everything—people, food, music, travel, nature—and they always seem ready to […]Read more "Really, Peter, Calm Down!"
If your life, right now, were made into a movie, what kind of movie would it be? Would it be like “On Golden Pond”? With Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda? That’s a story about growing old gracefully together and finding peace after long-standing family struggles. Maybe it’s a romantic comedy, like “When Harry Met Sally”? […]Read more "Landscape of the Soul"
Faith is one of those words we use all the time and rarely stop to examine. We know it’s a good thing to have—in the passage from Mark, we can hear the frustration in Jesus’ voice when he refers to the arguing crowd around him a “faithless generation.” He sounds so irritated by their lack […]Read more "What Does It Mean to Have Faith?"
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 […]Read more "The Beautiful Season"