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The Courage to See

By Jan Wood I HAVE HAD GOD OPEN MY EYES to new awareness that led to change many times. In fact, I count on that grace in my life! Perhaps the most iconic opening came years ago… My sense of myself at that time was that I was a generous, happy, nice person. I...

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Empty Nest

By Julie Peyton IT IS STILL THERE IN THE RECTANGULAR PLANTER on my 9th-floor balcony, the now-empty nest that today has no mother bird flitting about chittering at my presence, no babies trustingly opening those impossibly wide beaks at the approach of my camera. For...

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Surprised by Happiness

By Johan Maurer I LOVED THE ADVERTISED THEME of the April 2019 edition of the Pacific Northwest Quaker Men's Conference — "Identifying, Sharing and Living into Spiritual Gifts." I was especially looking forward to hearing Friends historian Ralph Beebe's story of...

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Chesed by Pizza

By Emily Provance "The obligations of normal human kindness — chesed, as the Hebrew has it — that, we all owe." Madeleine L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light EACH MODE OF TRAVEL — bus, train, plane, automobile — has its own character. I find buses to be the most strange....

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Signs and Wonders

By Jonathan Vogel-Borne So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal...

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From a Leading into a Gathering

By Vince Schueler WHEN I WAS ASKED TO WRITE A PIECE on the beginnings of the Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering, it quickly evolved into an appreciation for the gentle and powerful work of Good News Associates in nurturing spiritual leadings. Ever since the Pacific...

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Grateful

By Lorraine Watson Rocks painted by Christine Hall, Director of Way of the Spirit ILOVE THAT THANKSGIVING FLOWS INTO CHRISTMAS, setting the tone for the Christmas season with gratefulness. In thinking about gratitude and gratefulness, there is often a significant link...

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