Happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny found you early this morning and left you plenty of jelly beans and Cadbury chocolates. And I hope that whatever your Easter tradition usually is, that this is a day of joy and sweetness, rest and renewal for you. I mentioned last week in the call to worship […]Read more "It’s Your Story, Too"
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 […]Read more "The Gift of Time"
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"
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 […]Read more "Going Home by Another Road"
Once upon a time there was an elderly priest named Zechariah. He had been serving God faithfully for a long time. He was a priest in the temple, a direct descendant in the lineage of Aaron, Moses’ brother, and Luke tells us that he was a good and righteous man who fulfilled his role faithfully, […]Read more "A Peace of Our Minds"
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 noticed that we have lots of sayings that imply that the wind—the natural wind, the wind that blows so fiercely in March and early April—that wind brings change? A quick Google search brought up lots of examples, and I’ll bet you can think of more: The winds of change Fly like the […]Read more "A Breath of Fresh Air"
Would it surprise you to hear that less than two weeks ago, on March 31, it was announced that scientists have discovered a new organ in our bodies? A new organ? How is that possible? Don’t we already know everything that’s in here—we’ve identified it all, given parts a name, and learned generally how to […]Read more "Connecting the Dots"
In every single moment of our lives, God is creating something new. There is new energy, a new breath, new interactions with friends, new news to receive. There is new light to notice and new sounds to hear. New things to be touched and comforted by. If you think of the vast amount of newness […]Read more "This Creative Moment"
Don’t you just love a good movie? Movies give us common stories we relate to, with themes we understand and recognize—good versus evil, fish out of water, obstacles are overcome, true love is found. Movies also make us feel—we get temporarily transported into a new life, into new adventures, into a fresh world of possibilities. […]Read more "Stories & Stillness"