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My Spiritual Playlist

Posted by Melanie, October 28, 2015

I have certain books I cannot be without and I bet you do as well. For me, after the NRSV version of the Bible, my list includes The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis; The Cloud of Unknowing (author unknown); The Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence; Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton; and The Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly.  I have many other beloved books in my spiritual library, but these serve as my cornerstones, my go-to’s, my playlist.

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Cabin on the Cliffs

Posted by Melanie, August 12, 2015

Why would any woman in her right mind, desire, or need,  rent a cabin alone in the middle of the summer for two weeks, a cabin that overlooks the river and sits on a cliff, a place that ensures either loneliness or alone-ness, why would her desire be so great? 

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The Power of One, Four, Six and Twelve in Outreach

Posted by Melanie, July 8, 2015

Last Tuesday was a busy day at Christ Church. And yes, Christ Church is always busy, but let’s just say things were bustling in Outreach. We had 6 volunteers, some seasoned and some brand new, making 65 bag lunches in the Auditorium kitchen to be brought and served at Meade Memorial Church down the street. On the menu were homemade egg salad sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit, cookies, and lemonade. Christ Church is part of a rotation of 7 churches that take turns making and serving lunch. The hospitality that is given to our brothers and sisters during bag lunch is as important as the food itself. For many of the people who come for lunch this fellowship may be their only fellowship.

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Letter from the Cathedral

Posted by Melanie, June 3, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend a writing workshop at the National Cathedral taught by Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark and Nora Gallagher, author of Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic and Things Seen and Unseen.  Attending this workshop was exciting yet intimidating at the same time because we would have to actually write and share our writing during the workshop! It’s one of those things you know is coming and you wonder why you signed up, but then you are really glad you did.  Otherwise, how else do we learn?

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To have and to have not….

Posted by Melanie, April 15, 2015

Each week I am humbled and blessed to work in concert with our Lazarus counselors and Lazarus guests to thoughtfully share our resources. Our resources become the lifeline that keep people housed, keep water running, lights and heat on, ensure vital medicines are purchased and medical bills are covered. Each week we look to each other to make good decisions based on the circumstances and the money we have available that day and we offer our own brand of hospitality and caring.

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Happy Hearts

Posted by Melanie, March 25, 2015

This post by Sarah DeCamps is from Honduras, Our Little Roses Home For Girls, where Liz Hoekstra and Sarah are visiting the girls now:

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The Alpha and Omega – Discernment and Action

Posted by Melanie, February 11, 2015

Someone asked me recently if I had a motto that I live by. I have a couple of mottos, but the most important one to me is simple, yet at times elusive, no action without contemplation. I don’t know who said it first or where it came from exactly, but from the first time I heard it I knew it contained a really big Truth, one that we either wrestle with or we are lost.  

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The Contradictions of Christmas

Posted by Melanie, December 24, 2014

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming". Here we are, another Advent, we are just two days away from celebrating the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season as we sometimes hear it referred to. In life we go from being the children who are the recipients of much of the fuss and preparation to being the ones who do the preparing.

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