Waiting in Community

Diana Bridges Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 As you read these words, I’m about 745 miles northeast of Woodland, at The Dwelling Place, a Franciscan prayer center deep in rural east Mississippi. This is the twenty-fifth year I’ve spent a portion of Advent there, always waiting, always hoping, always in the company of good friends —- and…

Peace Means Waiting

The Week of Peace As your peace rules in our hearts, we give thanks to you, Lord, and rejoice in the birth of the Prince of Peace.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Finley Vickrey (8 ½) John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do…

St. Patrick’s Day

By Diana Bridges Psalm 107:1-16 This psalm is an ideal reading for St. Patrick’s Day. It speaks of wanderers and prisoners in need of deliverance.  Patrick certainly falls into those categories. Born in Britain, he was kidnapped as a young man and forced into slavery in Ireland. By the time he’d been a slave for…

Jury Duty

By Garrett Vickrey I was summoned. In church life you’re called, but to civic duty you‘re summoned. Jury duty. I had never been ‘summoned’ before. But, I was ready to represent myself as a responsible citizen, ready to participate in the justice system by casting a vote on a jury. Okay, so my expectations may…