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Advent Reflections Week 2: Engaging with Sadness

Advent Reflections Week 2: Engaging with Sadness

Baruch 5:1a. Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem. Luke 3:2b–3a. The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. I write this having just left the bedside of a friend who is dying. I sat Full Article

Prayer for the Advent Journey

Prayer for the Advent Journey

by Angier Brock There was a time on my spiritual journey—decades ago, it must have been—when I really and truly thought the day would come when I would arrive. By “arrive,” I mean reach a place where habits of prayer, spiritual reading, and Bible study would become firmly, consistently, and immovably fixed in my daily life. Full Article

Reflections on Thanksgiving

Reflections on Thanksgiving

by Paul Hettinga From Johnny Carson: “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Erma Bombeck wrote: “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take Full Article

The Seasons Persist

The Seasons Persist

by Tom Pappas If you pay attention, one of the best parts of being in a relationship, be it marriage, friendship, or adversarial, is you get to learn new stuff and see the points of view you hadn’t entertained before. For most of my life fall has been my very favorite season. Even in southern California where I grew up, autumn put Full Article

Ikea Is Bringing Home To Refugees

Ikea Is Bringing Home To Refugees

  When people think of Ikea they usually picture ready-to-assemble furniture and appliances that give your living space that modern, almost sterile look. What they usually don’t picture is a global charitable foundation that has worked on huge projects with numerous nonprofits. The Ikea Foundation is actually a very well-established Full Article

#MicroDay – Every Second Counts

#MicroDay – Every Second Counts

The biggest reason we see people come up with for why they don’t volunteer is that they simply don’t have enough time to put aside and do so. Well, today marks the second annual Microvolunteering Day, which is a day meant to encourage people to get out and engage in volunteer opportunities that are both Full Article

Matching Your Volunteering Style To Your Zodiac Sign

Matching Your Volunteering Style To Your Zodiac Sign

  A common obstacle that we find many people run into when they first decide to volunteer is that they have no clue where they should even start.   When you think about it, who can blame them? First you have to figure out what cause to volunteer for, which can seem near impossible most of Full Article

Handmade To The Streets

Handmade To The Streets

You know those brisk fall nights when you’re camping in the woods with family or friends, and you burrow into your sleeping bag but just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter what you do?   Could you imagine feeling that way every single night?   Ashleyann Burnett had this very thought one day Full Article

An Argument for Doing Something More

An Argument for Doing Something More

  “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.”   So said Chuang Tzu, preeminent Taoist thinker, some 25 hundred years ago. Nonetheless, there is a whole industry catering to people who approach happiness as something to be hunted down in self-help books, courses, new age practices, and life coaches. Via Full Article

Which Area Of Focus Are You Passionate About?

Which area of focus did you get? Did you enjoy this quiz? Let us know in the comments! Full Article