The following reflection, “Unfinished Business,” was written by me to share at my Quaker Meeting’s Christmas Eve Service on December 24, 2016. The post was set to publish about the same time that I shared it during our service.
Like any good therapist, youth worker or faith leader who works with kids, my bookshelves are lined with the usual how-to ring binders and manuals on working with children in groups and managing challenging situations. I’ve even looked at some of them, too! But sometimes something else is called for, something that they don’t teach in grad school and as such defies applied theory and the so-called best practices. Instead, I offer this, a story that celebrates a spontaneous moment of play. Continue reading “Moment of Play”
It’s mid August and the signs of summer winding down are everywhere.
Back-to-school specials flood the airwaves and printed media, and parents exhibit that strange mix of sadness to see the season end and moments of delight to know they’ll soon have some time to themselves again…or so they hope, anyway. Continue reading “Sun Runners”
Juice and Joy
Friday, January 14, 2011
This water bottle was a playful little Christmas gift to me from Rebecca, my daughter. I love the ‘Redeems Parched Sinners” tag written across the bottom. It seems that the company, Blue Q, specializes in all sorts of off-beat, “gently” offensive products that poke fun at various religious traditions. Continue reading “Redeeming Parched Sinners”
Christmas Eve Day, 2010
Stable Talk is a personal reflection that I wrote at Christmas, 2010, about the following passage by George Fox.
We must not have Christ Jesus, the Lord of Life, put any more in the stable amongst the horses and asses, but he must now have the best chamber; the heart, and the rude, debauched spirit must be turned out. Therefore let him reign, whose right it is, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, by which Holy Ghost you call him Lord, in which Holy Ghost you pray, and by which Holy Ghost you have comfort and fellowship with the Son and with the Father. Therefore know the triumph in the Seed, which is first and last, the beginning and ending, the top and cornerstone.
– George Fox, 1657
Go George! Now that’s what I’m talk’in about!
I’ve relished and hummed all the hymns
and wore my good shoes Christmas Eve.
No one complained.
I was home free
until the stable came down,
the goats went home
and the cradle went back in the attic.
And then He arrived
and moved in.
George Fox: Journal, ed J.L. Nichalls, 1952, p. 312. ‘An epistle to Friends’ 1657. Note: “Friends” also means Quakers, or more formally, The Religious Society of Friends.