What is your best Christmas memory? Does it involve getting a present you really, really wanted, like the Red Ryder BB Gun Ralphie wants so much in the movie, A Christmas Story? Maybe it was something Santa brought that totally surprised you but turned out to be the greatest present ever. Or perhaps it’s a […]Read more "A Child’s Hope"
How well do you know your heart? Is it just an organ that goes about the thankless but important task of beating the way it should moment by moment, keeping the blood pumping through your veins and your body working properly? Is your heart filled with warm emotions like love and hope and anticipation? When […]Read more "An Overflowing Heart"
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"
Many years ago I made a trip west and found myself walking along the Columbia River in Oregon. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been—so lush and majestic—it was almost too much to take in. You may remember the Columbia River as the place where Lewis and Clark realized they were […]Read more "Building Bridges"
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!"
Early this week, as I was preparing the presentation I shared Thursday afternoon at yearly meeting, I discovered a wonderful Quaker writer I’d never heard about before. Her name is Elizabeth Gray Vining. She lived in the last century, and she was a Quaker schoolteacher and author, as well as a clear-sighted, open-hearted and life-long […]Read more "A New Dream"
Just generally we humans don’t like surprises much, though there are few exceptions, like surprise birthday parties or romantic marriage proposals. But when you’re out playing tennis on a beautiful Thursday evening, laughing with your grandkids, the kind of surprise you don’t want happens when you go high to return a ball, and go over […]Read more "Finding the Path"
One rainy afternoon last week, I was walking past the office of one of our nurse managers, when I suddenly stopped and stepped into her office and stood there, listening to it rain. She’s the only person in the whole hospital who has an office that is like a greenhouse, with a curved glass ceiling […]Read more "Showers of Blessings"
So, what do you hope for? Depending on how full you’re feeling at the moment, after our Christmas breakfast, you may be hoping for a blanket and a cozy spot to curl up and take a nap. Whatever we hope for, our capacity to anticipate something good on the horizon, to envision something positive coming […]Read more "A Hope Reborn"