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"
Today is the first Sunday of advent, the beginning of the four-week period leading up to Christmas when we anticipate and prepare for light and love to be born into our world once again. Noticed or unnoticed, we—as living beings–live our lives in touch with light. We feel it, and grumble, when the days grow […]Read more "Preparing the Way"
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"
Well, it’s been quite stretch here for us lately. Unexpected events, uncertain outcomes, things like safety—our personal safety, the safety of our meeting—on our minds and hearts. This experience has made real for me what a blessing and a luxury it is to feel safe: some people live with insecurity and fear every single day. […]Read more "A Shepherd’s Care"
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 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? […]Read more "A Little Direction, Please"
Have you ever looked at the photo of a beautiful destination in a travel magazine and thought, “Oh, we’ve just got to go there!”? Or maybe you saw a picture of a delicious-looking cake online and thought, “I’ve just got to try that!” That inner sense—that urge, that energy—not only feels good. It also is […]Read more "Step by Step"
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!"
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?"