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"
A number of years ago I was walking with friends through Circle Center Mall downtown. We’d just listened to our kids play a Christmas jazz concert in the Artsgarden—that beautiful glassed dome that spans Washington and Illinois streets in downtown Indianapolis. As we walked back through the mall toward the parking garage, we passed the […]Read more "What the Silence Is for"
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 […]Read more "One Question for God"
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"
Don’t you find it fascinating that all the peonies blossomed on Memorial Day weekend? Not just the peonies in my yard, not just some peonies, but literally all the peony bushes I saw from Shelby to Hancock to Marion to Hamilton counties, bursting out in giant blossoms of pink, white, and red. Doesn’t it make […]Read more "Many and One"
On a scale of 1 to 10, how good would you say you are at forgiveness? Is it easy to let the frustration roll off when someone cuts you off in traffic? What about when a friend makes an insensitive comment? Or a stranger is rude for no reason? Little things like that don’t cause […]Read more "At Home in the Heart"
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 […]Read more "Studies in Still Life"
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. […]Read more "Glooo-orr-riaaaa!"
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"
Do you remember the moment when you first knew you were feeling the presence of God? Maybe it came to you as a sense of hush or a feeling of peace in a Quaker meeting. Perhaps you felt comfort in a difficult time, or a warming of your heart during a conversation or a prayer. […]Read more "Divine Introductions"