Experiencing Miracles Inside Out

Questioning authenticity~ historical accuracy~contextual studies~foundational truths… these were the watchwords of my youth. And there too, how many times have I practiced making statements that disqualified my faith? Statements such as: We can’t really know the actual day of Jesus’ birth…  There must have been a logical explanation for the star that led the wise men to see the…

I Heard the Birds Singing

I heard the birds singing this morning. Their sweet melodies came whispering through my sleep…faint and distant. I have renewed my interest in the Native American Indian and the spiritual quality of their art. At this point, I can not see the destination but I am thankful for this God given interest in the beauty…

Forty-Day Advent Journey, Week Two at a Glance

Forty-Day Advent Journey Day Eight: Small Gestures Sometimes God uses unexpected people in quiet ways to reach out to us…to comfort us, to tell us He is with us; that He cares….amazing how we forget sometimes that He is always there. Read I Kings 19: 9-12 and think of how God blesses you in quiet…

“O For a Heart to Praise My God”

We can find inspiration in all kinds of places… if we allow our eyes and our hearts to stay open to all the possibilities. I love how this artist shares with us a vision of the angels, like pure little babies, spilling out of heaven to share in the Annunciation of Jesus’ birth. Sharing the gospel…

Helpful Tips for Planning Lessons and Carols Services

I over heard my first “holiday dread” conversation this week, in the grocery store check-out line. There seems to be a universal call for relaxing the pressures and social obligations that come with this time of year. However,  I would like to encourage you into the front lines with these few words: Your Christmas service can be the most important,…

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

In honor of my 25th wedding anniversary, I thought we could all Fly a Kite:) This is a recreation of the moment this song was written and shows beautifully the power of music to bring people together.     Enjoy! Dear Lord help us to live in the present and to fully enjoy the great…

Fire : We are Keepers of the Eternal Flame

So what then are the tips or tricks for finding new horizons in our own back yard? As we come to the end of our summer day trips in and around DC, let us remember the journey to finding and appreciating all the riches that surround us. What started as merely a substitute for grander…

Wind: A Place of Resistance

Our daily news reports can be very discouraging at times.  Well, if we are really honest, we would likely admit that most of the time the true nature of things can cause us to despair. As we observe todays events from the sidelines, we each may decide to either bury our heads in the sand or become very bitter; we might lose…

A Minor Fall and a Major Lift

I am sending you an IOU this week on “Wind” the 3rd in my series on the “Elements” I am working on something special to focus on Harpers Ferry WV and so I don’t want to rush things. I have decided to pause instead to ask you for your prayers as I enter into the coming…

Earth: Scattering Seeds Generously

All of us have our limitations. Limited time…limited money….limited experience, talents…so, how can we know where our resources are best spent?  How can we get the most return on our efforts and eliminate waste of any kind? God only knows….. This week I am spending a little time in the garden…Longwood Garden, which is one of the…