Thomas Merton’s Guide to the Holidays

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson “The Holidays” can often feel like a roller coaster ride. This last week of November feels like we are almost at the top of the track.  Soon we will crest the hill, and our roller coaster car will careen down, quickly accelerating and jerking...

A Thanksgiving Reflection On Account of Josh

by Tom Pappas One of the ways Laurel and exercise our faith and commitment to God’s creation is to organize our church’s Green Team (I sometimes call them “earth angels”).  We are the ones who nag, and complain about the unnecessary dependence on one-use items,...

When the Soul Short-Circuits

by Lauren Van Ham “I see that the life of this place is always emerging beyond expectation or prediction or typicality, that it is unique, given to the world minute by minute, only once, never to be repeated. And this is when I see that this life is a miracle,...

Another Prayer Involving a Tennis Ball

by Angier Brock The other day as I sat cross-legged on the floor in my study, eyes closed, hands open and relaxed, a tennis ball dropped into one of my palms. Enough of stillness! My dog Joey was ready to play. I smiled—but I kept my eyes closed and let the ball...

Giving Thanks for All Our Saints

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson Who modeled for you what it means to be the person you want to be? Today is All Saints Day, a religious holiday in Western Christianity that comes the day after Halloween.  The word “saint” means different things to different people, ranging...