I’m glad to tell you that Gloria is here, and I’m totally in love with her. She is soft, sweet, playful, doing what puppies do—chewing and jumping and tugging, spilling water bowls (or splashing in them with her chubby paws). And oh my goodness the innocence that just pours out of her, as she experiences […]Read more "Perfectibility, Not Perfectionism"
Here we are in chapter two of the Winter of 2019 story. Again we canceled meeting for worship–two weeks in a row!–this time because of ice, wind, and dangerous cold. (It is on it’s way to a low of -10 tonight.) So this post is a reflection in lieu of a longer weekly message. Ice […]Read more "Ice Isn’t the Whole Story"
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"
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"
Happy World Quaker Day! This is the fifth anniversary of the celebration started by the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), which invites Quaker meetings and churches around the world to recognize the oneness of spirit that joins us. Here’s the description of their vision, which is posted on their website (www.worldquakerday.org): As the sun […]Read more "A Friendly Difference"
Already it’s apple season. And that brings lots of things to be thankful for: Apple cider, apple cake, cinnamon apple bread, apple pies. Tart apples, sweet apples, crispy apples, red, green, and gold. Life is good, especially in the fall, isn’t it? The local you-pick apple orchards are now open for business, and farm stores […]Read more "Apple Season"