Today’s Friendly Reflection for Lent could not be more perfect for the situation we find ourselves in today! Here is the full quote, from early Friend John Woolman: The place of prayer is a precious habitation: … I saw this habitation to be safe, to be inwardly quiet, when there was great stirrings and commotions […]Read more "Morning thought: Wednesday"
The reflection on our Lenten Reflection calendar this morning is from George Fox’s writings: “Be still and cool in thy own mind and spirit.” This seems to be especially inspired counsel in a time such as ours. (When I created this calendar, I had no idea what we were heading into.) The longer quote is […]Read more "Morning thought: Tuesday"
It may be hard to feel excited about spring right now, with all that’s going on in the world and in our communities. Yesterday here in central Indiana a beautiful snow fell most of the afternoon, leaving a dusting on the ground and nothing on the streets. It reminded me of the joke we typically […]Read more "Planting Peace"
Today our Friendly Reflection for Lent is “Center down in the Spirit” and how many of us would have loved to have stayed nestled down in our blankets this morning?! Here in Indiana it is a cold and gray day, with a blustery wind pushing us this way and that. What a sweet reminder that […]Read more "Another morning thought: Friday"
In our Friendly Reflections for Lent 2020 calendar, today’s quote from Early Friends is, “Live in the virtue of that life and power.” It reminds me of Jesus’ encouragement to us in John 16:33: “In this world you will have tribulation, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” Today, too, by keeping our hearts […]Read more "A morning thought"
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"
Did you have a favorite book when you were little? Maybe you liked Gulliver’s Travels, Oliver Twist, or the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys series. You might have read the Doctor Dolittle series, like I did, or enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, long before the television show made the stories part of our […]Read more "The Secret Garden"
When I was in first grade, I was invited to go fishing with my friend Michelle and her parents. As a city kid growing up in a neighborhood of mostly asphalt and concrete, I was thrilled when my mom said yes and we made our way an hour and a half south to their favorite […]Read more "A Fish of a Different Color"
A couple of months ago, early on a Saturday morning, I drove over to Plainfield to attend the executive committee meeting at Western Yearly Meeting. As I got close to town, I began to notice yard signs in front of houses and businesses. As I pulled into the parking lot of Plainfield Friends Meeting, I […]Read more "Just Be Kind"
So how many times this week did you feel your heart warmed by reminders of goodness in the world, lifted with a feeling of hope, or maybe embraced as you felt connected to others and to God? Chances are, if you follow the news, those heartwarming moments are few and far between. It’s just part […]Read more "Heartwarming"