Then and Now

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you celebrated in a safe and distant way yesterday, if you did celebrate. There were lots of fireworks in our neighborhood last night, but it seemed a bit calmer and less loud than previous years, which was a welcome change. As you probably heard, especially if you were planning […]

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Moment of Truth

Sitting here this morning, just now, what’s the truest thing you know? Maybe it’s something basic, like “Life is good.” Or perhaps it’s something that helps you keep a hopeful view, like, “There’s always something to be grateful for.” Or maybe you fall back on one of our foundational Quaker ideas: “There is that of […]

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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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Life as Parable

Last Sunday before worship, a group of us were continuing our study of the book of Matthew. And I have to admit, I can’t believe how long it is taking us to get through this one book of the bible. I think we started just after the first of the year—in 2018!—and we have been […]

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The Blessed Community

I don’t know whether you’ve noticed this where you live, but at my house, the flower beds—which actually have very few intentionally planted flowers in them at the moment—and bushes and grass are all growing like crazy. Every time I turn around, it’s time to mow or weed again. The rainy spring and the hot […]

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On the Road Again

The walk to Emmaus is one of my favorite New Testament stories. It contains everything a good story needs: heartbreak, challenge, effort, confusion, struggle—and ultimately, a big reveal and a happy ending. We learn from this story that there is good—that God is still working—even when it feels like all is lost. We’re reminded that […]

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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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Deepening and Stretching

Our Quaker meeting was honored to be asked to lead worship for the spring retreat of Western Yearly Meeting yesterday. This post is the message we offered as vocal ministry. Also, an invitation: It warms our hearts that so many people around the world find and read our blog, and we want you to know […]

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