One Love, One World

“We’re all friends here.” How might that idea, that statement, that energy change the world around us right now? What if people elected to our government could say that—“We are all friends here”—in the White House, in the halls of Congress, in press conferences, on airplanes? What if leaders of nations, of denominations, of industries […]

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One Question for God

Suppose you were walking with God in a beautiful field—just the two of you—on a perfect fall day. There are wildflowers all along the path, you hear the songs of birds overhead, butterflies are moving lightly from blossom to blossom. The two of you walk along, easily, casually, and after a time of sweet and […]

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A Harvest of Peace

Last week right about now I was sitting on a bench overlooking the beautiful St. Joseph river, watching the way the water changed color as the sun rose in the sky, noticing the ducks and gulls flying toward Lake Michigan, feeling a wonderful sense of relaxation all around me—inside and out. That’s one of the […]

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It’s Your Story, Too

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 […]

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Deepening and Stretching

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 […]

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Studies in Still Life

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 […]

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Heating & Cooling

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 […]

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