Advent Reflections Week 1: Engaging with Fear

By Angier Brock Luke 21:25-26, 34. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world,...

Reflections on Thanksgiving

by Paul Hettinga From Johnny Carson: “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Erma Bombeck wrote: “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to...

The Seasons Persist

by Tom Pappas If you pay attention, one of the best parts of being in a relationship, be it marriage, friendship, or adversarial, is you get to learn new stuff and see the points of view you hadn’t entertained before. For most of my life fall has been my very favorite...

Words Before All Else

by Lauren Van Ham If the only prayer If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. – Meister Eckhart, 12th century mystic The Haudenosaunee Address, or the, “words before all else,” is an ancient message of peace and...

Prayers for the Openers of Eyes

by Angier Brock A few weeks ago, toward the end of migration season, I went on a bird walk at New Quarter Park, about ten miles from my house as the crow flies. The usual cast of local feathered characters appeared—American crow, turkey vulture, chipping sparrow,...