On a scale of 1 to 10, how grateful do you feel right now? Chances are, if everything has gone right so far this morning—you woke up at the right time, the coffee machine worked the way it was supposed to, and you’re reasonably comfortable sitting there in the pew—you may feel a kind of […]Read more "Gratitude and Grace"
Happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny found you early this morning and left you plenty of jelly beans and Cadbury chocolates. And I hope that whatever your Easter tradition usually is, that this is a day of joy and sweetness, rest and renewal for you. I mentioned last week in the call to worship […]Read more "It’s Your Story, Too"
Our Quaker meeting was honored to be asked to lead worship for the spring retreat of Western Yearly Meeting yesterday. This post is the message we offered as vocal ministry. Also, an invitation: It warms our hearts that so many people around the world find and read our blog, and we want you to know […]Read more "Deepening and Stretching"
What kind of relationship do you have with silence? When we settle into our silent worship time, is that comfortable for you or do you inwardly struggle with the quiet? For some people, silent time feels peaceful and nurturing. For others, it can be hard to sit still and hard to calm the mind. Instead […]Read more "Studies in Still Life"
My days usually start slow and easy. I get up, typically before the sun—that’s easier to do right now than it will be in June—I take the dogs out and make coffee. I purposely leave things soft and quiet for a while. I may light a candle on the kitchen table, but the rest of […]Read more "Heating & Cooling"
Greetings, Friends. We didn’t have Meeting for Worship this morning (cancelled due to snow) so I thought I’d post a little reflection instead. This gift of time–free time, time outside of time–has been on my mind all day. What to do with these long, open hours, sunshine, four-footed beloveds, and all the freedom in the […]Read more "The Gift of Time"
This message was written and given by Adriana Cavina. Thanks, Adriana! One of my most beloved books of Quaker spirituality begins with these words: “Meister Eckhart wrote: As thou art in church or cell, that same frame of mind carry out into the world, into its turmoil and its fitfulness. The Quaker author comments: “Deep […]Read more "A Life without Lack"
This week a different kind of inspiration came to me when I was thinking about the message I would bring this morning. I heard the phrase, “The Valiant Sixty,” in my head, and I just knew that stories would come and attach themselves to that title. And they did. So today we’re going to spend […]Read more "The Valiant Sixty"
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"