1 05, 2018

Seeing the Unseen…a post by Joy

By |2018-05-01T20:02:32-04:00May 1st, 2018|Attachment Patterns, Clarity, Discernment, Emotions, Listening, Spiritual Disciplines, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Trust, Trust and Faith, Vision|1 Comment

About a month ago, my eyeglass frames with progressive lenses broke. Knowing it was time to get a check-up I scheduled an appointment instead of getting my glasses repaired right away. Unfortunately, I had to wait another week to see the eye doctor. Thank goodness for another set of glasses that I use for computer work and reading music at the piano. When the time came, the check-up revealed that my eyes would require a change on my lenses so I would need to wait about 7-10 days for the new glasses to arrive. In the mean while, we

28 11, 2017

Thank God for God in you…a post by Tom

By |2017-11-28T18:28:40-04:00November 28th, 2017|Advent, Community, Grace, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

This Sunday kicks off the first week of advent.   It seems like we just downed the last of the leftover turkey and now we are wading into Christmastide! This holiday season there are ample opportunities to be thankful. We can be thankful for all kinds of things such as material possessions, health, relationships, and the simple pleasures of life. However, the Apostle Paul begins his letter with a hearty thanks for God’s operative work of grace in the lives of those he cares about in Corinth. Paul is thankful for the God he sees at work in his loved

12 12, 2016

Giver of Gifts…a post by Joy

By |2016-12-12T02:27:56-04:00December 12th, 2016|Advent, Gift, Thanksgiving, Waiting|1 Comment

As far as the eye can see, people across the world are experiencing the Advent Season as a time of waiting. Waiting in line for seasonal cups of coffee, waiting in the check -out lane with the newest toy or electronic gadget, waiting for gifts to arrive in the mail on time, and waiting for the beautiful Christmas Eve service that ushers in the dawn of another Christmas day celebration. It seems that “waiting” is just as much a part of the Christmas season as all the other events. In fact, maybe having to wait is actually a gift

29 11, 2016

60 Years Gratitude and Thanksgiving…a post by Jim

By |2016-11-30T01:18:06-04:00November 29th, 2016|Advent, Gratitude, Self-Clarity, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

This past weekend was as special time for me and my family. My son and his wife and son (my grandson!) as well as daughter came home for Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful day together. But the weekend also included another very special occasion. My wife celebrated her birthday for the 60th time! Consequently, there was another special meal with lots of cake! Besides the obvious reasons for expressing thanksgiving motivated by a sense of deep gratitude I was reminded of God’s faithfulness through the years. Specifically, my birthday gift to Joy was a slide presentation of her 60

23 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Invitation…by Tom and Oriah Mountain Dreamer

By |2016-11-23T14:46:01-04:00November 23rd, 2016|Community, Desire, Emotions, Human, Imagination, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the requisite gatherings with family and friends, or not. These spaces of holiday gatherings can be either interesting or disinteresting.  The usual suspects arrive and tell the usual stories with the usual chatter.  What could make these interactions different or interesting?  The following poem leads us in a beautiful invitation to have an interesting holiday with whomever we are with and most importantly ourself.  The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream

10 11, 2016

Give Thanks!…a post by Joy

By |2016-11-10T21:26:48-04:00November 10th, 2016|Thanksgiving, The Heart, Trust and Faith|0 Comments

As the Thanksgiving season comes closer, our thoughts turn toward the gathering of family and friends, the turkey and dressing that will be served, the “Turkey Bowl” to be played, and the music to be sung. For many years, I’ve heard the phrase, “Give Thanks” when referring to a prayer over a meal. The “thank you” is what we mostly focus on which is important for sure. Yet, what about the “giving” part of the phrase. One of the most difficult things to do in life is to give thanks in ALL things. It’s easy to give thanks when

9 03, 2016

Forgiveness…a post by Tom

By |2016-07-14T21:38:36-04:00March 9th, 2016|Emotions, Lent, Surrender, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This past Sunday was the fourth week of the Lenten journey. One of the readings was from Psalm 32. Consider these words from David… Psalm 32:1–2 (ESV) 1         Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2         Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. This man knows about forgiveness. This man knows about mercy. He knows that true happiness is possible for the one who has been forgiven…much. In a grief recovery group we cover the topic of forgiveness. We discuss how forgiveness