Sunday Best – April 4, 2021

What’s better than a blank page, a cool drink, a warm greeting, a new dawn, a nest of robin’s eggs?

It’s a blank page after a scrawled and scratched-out draft.

A cool drink after a hot and dusty walk.

A warm greeting after a cold and lonely isolation.

A new dawn after a dark night of the soul.

A nest left intact after the storm.

Dear ones, however rough the journey, we have a new beginning today.

Let us rejoice.

 

 

Sunday Best – March 28, 2021

 

It’s the wee hours of the morning and I’ve been up listening to the thunder and lightning, rain and hail pounding against the windows. I’m living further south right now, in a lovely little rental house, where storms like this are frequent. In the basement, the floor is sloped towards a drain in the center and the foundation is deliberately a little bit porous, so when the ground is soaked the water can easily flow through.

This has given me flashbacks to a Habitat for Humanity trip years ago in Tajikistan, where we spent many days digging and placing huge rocks and mixing cement for a foundation that was two feet thick. In Tajikistan, the winters are long and brutal. If your foundation is porous there, your whole house will fail. Yet on another build in Papua New Guinea, the home was floating in the air, barely touching the earth, so that the floods could swoosh underneath.

Dear ones, so many challenges arise due to our foundations – and not just with the building inspectors. We’re bendy at times when a stronger backbone would keep things in order. We’re rigid at times when just a little flex would allow things to flow with ease.

When the next tempest stirs, let’s pause and ask, which foundation is needed now? Unlike our houses, we have more than one option, and can choose the best mix for each situation, from concrete to bamboo.

Friends, with the right foundations, we can withstand all kinds of storms.

 

*  The photo above shows how to find the bakery in Tajikistan!

 

 

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A perfect “welcome back” gift

 

 

If you find yourself wanting to reflect on this past year, or to contemplate better times to come, we hope you might consider turning to Month of Sundays, which can be found at all of your favorite booksellers. One newly vaccinated friend recently mentioned that she’s bought a stack of books to gift as she begins to reconnect with loved ones who have been apart, as a way to say, “welcome back.”

Thank you to those who have supported this endeavor to date, where proceeds have allowed us to give more generously than usual to some of the most vital nonprofits around.  We designed the book to be evergreen, and hope it will bring comfort and connection through times of ease and times of challenge alike.

 

Sunday Best – March 21, 2021

It’s crept along in recent weeks – the birds getting louder, the sun getting stronger, the green shoots emerging from the ground as it thaws – and now, at last, we have arrived at the equinox. Even though there’s surely a last snowfall or two to keep us guessing, each day from here has a bit more light, and a bit more warmth.

It’s time for tending to all that’s been bashed by the ice and the snow, repairing the frost-heaves and pruning broken limbs.

It’s time for opening the windows, stretching in the sunlight, and sowing new seeds.

Dear ones, it’s been quite a winter.

It’s been quite a year. 

Here on the brink of the new season, we have a chance to inquire beyond habit.

What needs to be tended?

What has been waiting to emerge?

 

 

 

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Friends, If you find yourself wanting to reflect on this past year, or to contemplate sunnier times to come, we hope you might consider turning to Month of Sundays, which can be found at all of your favorite booksellers. One newly vaccinated friend recently mentioned that she’s bought a stack of books to gift as she begins to reconnect with loved ones who have been apart, as a way to say, “welcome back.”

Thank you to those who have supported this endeavor to date, where proceeds have allowed us to give more generously than usual to some of the most vital nonprofits around.  We designed the book to be evergreen, and hope it will bring comfort and connection through times of ease and times of challenge alike.

Sunday Best – March 14, 2021


Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.
– Michel de Montaigne

 

Dear ones, on this spring-forward Sunday, I leave you with this simple quote from Montaigne, in honor of my dear HDS professor Ralph Potter.

May we rejoice in all that is present today.

 

 

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Friends, If you find yourself wanting to reflect on this past year, or to contemplate better times to come, we hope you might consider turning to Month of Sundays, which can be found at all of your favorite booksellers. One newly vaccinated friend recently mentioned that she’s bought a stack of books to gift as she begins to reconnect with loved ones who have been apart, as a way to say, “welcome back.”

Thank you to those who have supported this endeavor to date, where proceeds have allowed us to give more generously than usual to some of the most vital nonprofits around.  We designed the book to be evergreen, and hope it will bring comfort and connection through times of ease and times of challenge alike.

Sunday Best – March 7, 2021

 

Somehow it has been a whole decade since the magnificent Rev. Peter Gomes has passed away, and I spent some time this week listening to recordings of his sermons. In one of my favorites he reminds his listeners, mostly university folks, that the purpose is “that we not simply grow smarter, but that we grow better.” And then he describes the three ingredients to help us do so: reverence, humility, and courage.

I could write on and on about the wisdom of Rev. Gomes’ words, but what struck me even more strongly this week is the impact of hearing his unmistakable voice. The deliberate pacing and phrasing made me sit up straighter, and his dry delivery of gently sarcastic remarks made me laugh out loud.

Feeling this presence so vividly, I was reminded of a time several years ago when my cousin sent me an old voice message from our grandfather, who had passed away months earlier. I was walking down the street scrolling through messages, and when his voice came flooding into my ears I was so overwhelmed I had to sit down on a total stranger’s stoop to catch my breath.

Dear ones, our brains are such wonderful processors, able to consider ideas like the ones in these sermons and to reason deeply with their concepts. But somewhere deeper inside, where our brains attach to our bodies and souls, there is so much more. 

The next time we feel a flutter upon seeing a loved one’s face, let’s linger in that flutter.

The next time a wafting scent brings a flashback to childhood, let’s reminisce.

The next time a voice from the past brings us to tears, let’s let them flow.

In doing so, we may become both smarter, and better.

 

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I am happy to report that you can find Rev. Gomes’ sermons on your favorite podcasting service by just searching his name.

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This week also marks the anniversary of the pandemic’s first impacts for many in the U.S.  If you find yourself wanting to reflect on this past year, or to contemplate better times to come, we hope you might consider turning to Month of Sundays, which can be found at all of your favorite booksellers. One newly vaccinated friend recently mentioned that she’s bought a stack of books to gift as she begins to reconnect with loved ones who have been apart, as a way to say, “welcome back.”

Thank you to those who have supported this endeavor to date, where proceeds have allowed us to give more generously than usual to some of the most vital nonprofits around.  We designed the book to be evergreen, and hope it will bring comfort and connection through times of ease and times of challenge alike.

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