Getting Real

Has anyone ever told you to “get real”? Usually this phrase gets tossed into a conversation when one person thinks the other is being unrealistic, perhaps hoping for an outcome that is unlikely to happen. Getting real means opening our eyes to the truth and being willing to see what’s really there. The Cambridge Dictionary […]

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Just Wondering

One evening last week I had the television on while I was doing something on the computer, and the British drama Grantchester was on in the background. The show is about an Anglican clergyman in Grantchester, England, who finds himself swept into all sorts of mysteries and mayhem. I watched it years ago in the […]

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We Rise

When Mary headed to the tomb so early that first Easter morning, she was heartsick and despairing. Everything was bad. Everything was lost. Her hope had been destroyed. She had seen terrible things over the last few days, heartbreaking things that must have shaken her faith in humanity and robbed her of any belief that […]

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Lessons from Eternity

Sometimes in my work as a hospice chaplain, I feel like I’m a citizen of two worlds. In the here-and-how, I’m supporting patients and families in whatever way seems to fit the needs of the moment best: just being there, listening, caring, exploring questions, reading scripture, getting coffee, holding hands, offering prayer. But I am […]

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Gratitude and Grace

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 […]

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Glooo-orr-riaaaa!

Well, today’s the day. Right after meeting, I’m going to drive an hour and a half south—to a tiny town called Milan, Indiana (I have no idea where that is so I hope my GPS gets me there). I’m going to gather up Gloria, who is today becoming the newest member of our four-footed family. […]

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Going Home by Another Road

It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that we are at the end of yet another year? In the past 12 months, as Noblesville Friends, we’ve strengthened our connection with our local community; we’ve had a number of new people join us for worship; we’ve continued to have vibrant, thoughtful, spirit-stirring discussions as we explore of […]

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Emmanuel!

It’s taken me about 45 Christmases, but I think I’m finally ready to accept and admit and make my peace with the fact that I am not very good at wrapping presents. When I begin, I always envision this beautiful box wrapped in brightly colored paper—it has smooth sides and sharp pointy corners, and paper […]

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