Many and One

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 […]

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Just Be Kind

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 […]

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Time & Treasure

It’s a curious thing about human nature that our daily experiences—our hunger, our thirst for life—seems to be heightened after we’ve gone through a time of trial. Maybe after a period of what feels like darkness, we’re more aware somehow of the shining of the light: After a long, gray winter, the colors of spring […]

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At Home in the Heart

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 […]

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Your Personal Wilderness

Wednesday of this week was Ash Wednesday, which means the season of Lent has begun. In many denominations, people go to church and receive a cross of ash on their foreheads. The ashes are made by burning the palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. The pastor who gives the blessing typically says something […]

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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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Touched by Light

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was afraid of having nightmares. Night after night, she’d come wandering out to the living room long after she was supposed to be asleep. Night after night, her mom would take her by the hand, lead her back to bed, and tuck her in. One […]

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The Roots of Community

The original inspiration for our message today came weeks ago when I first saw a photo that Brooklyn Friends Meeting had posted online. The picture showed the sign out in front of their meetinghouse—much like ours—and it said, “Meetings for Worship Every First Day (Sunday) 11:00am. All Are Welcome.” And then, beneath that, there was […]

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The Gift of Time

Greetings, Friends. We didn’t have Meeting for Worship this morning (cancelled due to snow) so I thought I’d post a little reflection instead. This gift of time–free time, time outside of time–has been on my mind all day. What to do with these long, open hours, sunshine, four-footed beloveds, and all the freedom in the […]

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