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the golden rule, expanded

What if we all lived this way?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  –Christianity (as drawn from the Hebrew scriptures)
What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and learn.–Judaism
No one is a believer until you desire for another that [...]

the peace house

The little wooden house sits on our kitchen table, typically unnoticed.  My son brought it home from Sunday’s Cool a few weeks ago (yes, that’s what we call it.  Totally different from that old stodgy Sunday school, you know).  It has little disks with velcro on the back, so the peacemaker of the moment can [...]

paying attention to here and now

Our church is launching a simple theme this fall: 
These words from a recent message keep echoing through my mind:

The past is not ours to change. 
The future is not ours to see.
There is only one call that God extends.
It is here.
And it is now.
–Rev. J. Douglas Paterson

Makes me wonder, regardless of our faith tradition:
Are we [...]

on liking and loving

Just sharing some quick food for thought after a lovely respite in northern Wisconsin, enjoying this peaceful view: 
I’ve been thinking about a prayer in today’s church bulletin all afternoon.  I thought you might find it interesting too:
Gracious and Loving God,
Your Son calls us friends and commands us to love one another.  So often [...]

thought for today

A favorite line from a lovely book I just read:   

When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives,
the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say,
“Here, I guess, since this is where I am.”
–from An Altar in the World:  A Geography of [...]

Lovin’ these links

Links that moved me on a Sunday afternoon:
Billy Coffey from What I Learned Today  shares a story of simple words, different interpretations:  Please Take One
A movement to create peace through music:  Playing for Change

The United Methodist Church considers church as a verb: 

What do you think?  Do they move you too?

He is risen

At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared.  They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they wallked in.  But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.
They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this.  Then, [...]

friday fragments

On some Fridays you get to follow me through fragmented thoughts buzzing in my brain.  Are you ready?  Here goes:
Today Christians commemorate Good Friday in preparation for Easter Sunday.  I must admit, I’ve always wrestled with the concept of calling the day of Jesus’ crucifixion “good”.  Yes, the heart of Christianity rests on the death and resurrection [...]

refrigerator wisdom

I have some clutter issues.  You can tell this by looking at my fridge (that’s not my fridge, but mine’s almost as messy).   Buried among the magnets, artwork, appointment reminders, photos and other stuff are scraps of inspiration taped on the fridge in desperate moments.  Some have been there for years (I know, I have issues) and [...]

seven quick takes, vol. 4


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If you’re visiting from 5 minutes for Mom, thanks so much for stopping by!  Please click here to learn a bit more about me and my site.  I’m a somewhat scatterbrained woman who like to explore issues around parenting, faith, and that oh-so-hard to find work/life balance.  I believe motherhood [...]