24 12, 2018

The Incarnation…a post by Rich

By |2018-12-24T16:45:31-04:00December 24th, 2018|Advent, Beauty, Body, Emmanuel, Grace, Holy Spirit, Hope, Incarnation, Particularity, Relational Design, Trinity|1 Comment

As we turn our minds and hearts to the birth of our Savior this Christmas season we are reminded again of the significance of the Son of God’s incarnation. The descent of God in assuming human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ is history’s game changer.  Malcolm Muggeridge expresses it this way, "Thanks to the great mercy and marvel of the Incarnation, the cosmic scene is resolved into a human drama. God reaches down to relate himself to man, and man reaches up to relate himself to God. Time looks into eternity and eternity into time, making now always

17 12, 2018

Baking Christmas Cookies…a post by Joy

By |2018-12-17T15:01:52-04:00December 17th, 2018|Advent, Community, Emmanuel, Fear, Future, Grace, Living in the now, Matthew 19:13-14, Now, Waiting|2 Comments

Baking and decorating cookies is a Christmas tradition that I have done with my children, my grandson, my great nieces here for Thanksgiving, and with other children throughout the years. Connecting with my own “inner child” while making cookies with the children brings a lot of delight to me. It’s wonderful that God created us with the ability to be child-like at times. It’s a way that we  can  “step into” exemplifying that part of Christ. Amazingly, God chose to send His son into the world as an infant to live and experience the life of being a child before growing

17 07, 2018

By Your Light We See Light…a post by Rich

By |2018-07-17T14:51:45-04:00July 17th, 2018|Beauty, Character, Clarity, Discernment, Fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5, Grace, Holy Spirit, Kingdom of God, Morality, Presence, Psalm 36:9, Vision|1 Comment

Aquinas the great theologian of the of the 13the century relied upon Psalm 36:9 to guide him in his great theological endeavors. “For with You is the fountain of life: in Your light do we see light.” C.S. Lewis was a follower of Christ because he held that Jesus enabled him to see what was most real and true. God’s light enables us to see. My recent times of mediation have me reflecting on the significance of the fruits of the Spirit. Paul encourages believers to walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Walking by the Spirit arms us to

26 06, 2018

Real Butter…a post by Tom

By |2018-06-26T19:10:39-04:00June 26th, 2018|Beauty, Decisions, Ephesians 1:7, Favor, Grace, Memory, People, Thankfulness|1 Comment

Recently I journeyed with a 100-year-old woman as she neared death. When she died the family shared memories and reflections on her storied life. I find it fascinating how people focus in and remember the small things over the big. One of the grandchildren, of whom she was particularly fond, recalled going over to her grandma’s small apartment for movie night to eat popcorn made with REAL BUTTER. The grandmother did not have much materially speaking. She lived alone and worked as a waitress. However, when her grandkids came over she used REAL BUTTER! The children were accustomed to

15 05, 2018

What are you exploring?…a post by Tom

By |2018-05-15T14:19:28-04:00May 15th, 2018|Beauty, Burnout, Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Gift, Grace, Humility, Presence, Rest, Self-Clarity, Stillness, Surrender|1 Comment

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot   What are you looking for? A better sense of self? A better home and garden? More knowledge about the Divine or your divinely inspired pursuits? An idealized Christianity or church to validate a privatized salvation project? To figure out your dysfunctional family system? Untie some knotty existential shoelaces tightened by primal repression so that you no longer trip over fear, guilt, and shame? A well balanced portfolio?

30 03, 2018

Two fish sticks and a Sprite…a post by Joy

By |2018-03-30T12:34:28-04:00March 30th, 2018|Discipleship, Easter, Emotions, Good Friday, Grace, Mark 6:34-44, Matthew 14:14-21, Passion Week, Spiritual Formation|0 Comments

Two Fish Sticks and a green bottle of Sprite is what I ate and drank on Fridays for lunch in the the 7th grade during Lent Season. Although, we were having fish because there were lots of people giving up meat for the season, the fish sticks and Sprite were a treat for me. This was my first realization of the Lent season and even then I did not really know what it meant. I’m sure there must have been other food served with this delicacy such as French fries and slaw and maybe even a bread roll. Yet,

21 02, 2018

The Thrill of Overcoming…a post by Jim

By |2018-02-21T15:29:15-04:00February 21st, 2018|Decisions, Discipleship, Emotions, Fruit of the Spirit, Grace, Holy Spirit, Imagination, Love, Romans 12, Trust|2 Comments

When I was in High School part of the requirement for our 11th grade Physical Education class was to wrestle other students in the class. I hated it. On a mat in front of the entire class with someone who was stronger than me. My record was pretty pathetic until the one time that I somehow got my opponent in a full-Nelson hold. He went limp and I pinned him for the three second count (never mind that the hold was illegal ... I didn’t know that and had no idea how I wound up getting him in such

7 02, 2018

Say anything…a post by Tom

By |2018-02-07T16:02:18-04:00February 7th, 2018|Burnout, Dark Night, Death, Despair, Emotions, Fear, Grace, Suffering, Trust and Faith|1 Comment

Job spoke, saying: Is not man's life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings? He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages. So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me. If in bed I say, "When shall I arise?" then the night drags on; I am filled with restlessness until the dawn. My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see

9 01, 2018

Accept the anxiety of 2018…a post by Tom

By |2018-01-09T17:34:43-04:00January 9th, 2018|Attachment, Attachment Patterns, Clarity, Emotions, Grace, Letting Go, Suffering, Trust|0 Comments

Happy New Year! I hope it is a slow, unstable, gradual, and anxious one for you.   Could you imagine getting a card with this in it?  Well, the following words from Teilhard shed light on what this spiritual formation process feels like. The ending part on "accepting the anxiety" has ministered to me greatly.   I thought them worthy of reflection for 2018. “Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being

18 12, 2017

Ornaments of Christ…a post by Joy

By |2017-12-18T20:35:19-04:00December 18th, 2017|Advent, Beauty, Character, Community, Gift, Gifts, Grace, Holy Spirit, Particularity, Presence|1 Comment

One of our family traditions when we are able to be together at Thanksgiving is to go to a Christmas tree farm the following day, go on the “hayride” tractor to choose the tree, then 1-2 members of the family collaborate to cut down the tree. Hot apple cider is usually served at the farm, then we head home to “trim the tree.” Hanging the ornaments on the tree is a reminder of life that we have lived together for each has a particular meaning or memory attached to it.   Glass ornaments that are from one of our grandparents’

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