Our Collective Journal

April/May 2014

  

"I have often felt a motion of love to leave some hints

in writing of my experience of the goodness of God." 

--John Woolman  

 

Chapter 18

When did an experience of the Light 

help you discover something about yourself?


 

"Thou art the man!" Oil on canvas, Peter F. Rothermal, 1884.  

2 Sam. 12:5-7


 

Motherly Love

At West Hills’ annual all church retreat this spring (2014), I had the extreme pleasure of sitting next to Erica and Graci Huber during our final meeting together for music and worship sharing. During the songs, I experienced a silent... [more]

 
 

I've Told This Story Before

I’ve told this story before (Minding the Light, July 2011) but I have been encouraged to tell it again from the perspective of the current query.
 

From around the age of 12 (or maybe younger) until the age of 61,... [more]

 
 

When the Change Came

When the change came

I felt it in my back,

in the lightening of a burden

I had forgotten I bore.

 

I shifted my shoulders

to re-balance my life

and gazed around me, questioning

my belonging here,

 

then, standing straighter, I breathed

my first breath of a new season,

and... [more]

 
 

A Turning Point

When I arrived at WHF in 1994 my faith was in tatters.  No, that’s too optimistic.  My faith was ground into dust.  I not only didn’t believe any of the Christian theology that had filled and satisfied my life, but... [more]

 
 

Illumination

One morning in Meeting for Worship, I was powerfully blessed by a sudden shift in self-perception.

 

I’d been worrying about an encounter that I expected to have in the coming week, and as it played out in my imagination, it went... [more]

 
 

The Unwelcome Insight

It began when my son came out as Gay during his senior year in high school.  My husband quit talking to him, although living in the same house. That only increased my commitment to support him--I loved this creative, sensitive,... [more]

 
 

Dream Discoveries

I want to Serve God.  Seeking validation of this goal, I’ve often volunteered to do whatever hard job arose, the ones nobody else would do, whatever someone else asked me—disregarding what the Light might be calling me to do.

 

I stayed... [more]

 
 

Reorientation

Years ago, in a troubled time when I was blind and lost and didn’t know how to navigate, God blessed me with a powerful experience that lasted for several days.  During that time, I could feel Jesus’ presence and his... [more]

 
 

Questioning My Way to the Light

When I was 18, I had a list of questions.  Although they seem a little silly to me now, these questions routinely provoked a passionate response from the self-identified Christians at my high school.  How did the sons of Adam... [more]

 
 

Collage, Underneath the Everlasting Arms     Ruba Byrd.  [The photographs from which these images were taken may be copyright protected]

Motherly Love

 

I've Told This Story Before

 

When the Change Came

 

A Turning Point

 

Illumination

 

The Unwelcome Insight

 

Dream Discoveries

 

Reorientation

 

Questioning My Way to the Light

 

 

In addition to the original stories listed, we've also collected a few classic quotations on the theme of this Chapter.  To read these quotes,

please click on the link below.

  

In Others' Words