Our Collective Journal

June/Aug. 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 19

When have you experienced the Light 

through your senses?


 

Coastal Night.  Twin Rocks, April 2014.  Mark Pratt-Russum.  

http://markprattrussum.com/nature


 

Sensing God's Presence in the Mountains

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that the mountains are one of the places where I most reliably encounter God.  Last month I climbed to a favorite high ridge in Olympic National Park to spend a couple... [more]

 
 

Pancakes

One summer when I was in college, I traveled home to Portland from Florida by Greyhound bus.  I had some money in my pocket for emergencies.

 

Somewhere in New Mexico I woke to a breakfast stop.  In the food line I... [more]

 
 

Waterfall, Silver Falls State Park

 
 

The Scent of Compassion

I was alone in the hospital when our 10-month-old daughter Annalee died.  My husband Fred was 2500 miles away in Boston at the bedside of his father, who had been badly burned.

 

Fred caught the first plane home, and friends took... [more]

 
 

Voice of the Killdeer

Between a meadow and the woods, North Valley Friends Church has built a labyrinth. I had an hour to fill on a fine afternoon, so I decided to walk it.

 

This labyrinth is a medieval design, like the one at Chartres... [more]

 
 

God - an Image

 
 

Called Home

The mournful Call to Prayer echoed against the dark purple hills of Northern Turkey.  A smoky haze from hundreds of campfires hung in the air like a grey blanket.  After two devastating earthquakes, this small city teemed with green canvas... [more]

 
 

Light in Gramothe Village

This was my fourth year traveling to Haiti with West Hills Friends Medical Mission Team. In April of each year, I’ve worked as a nurse in Mountain Top Ministry’s extremely busy rural clinic pharmacy in a small village named Gramothe.... [more]

 
 

Healing Through Time and Space

My mother passed away in September 2005, and my sister and I were very distraught. No healing words would come to mind. In October 2007, I turned to the rosary for help. My grandmother had prayed the rosary for us... [more]

 
 

Hearing God: Kay at 4

Augusta, Georgia: 1956

 I

God is alive.  God lives at our house.  God lives in the woods where I play and God lives at church, too.  Sometimes I want to say to God, “Are you following me?”

 

My Sunday... [more]

 
 

Migration of the Tarantulas

I found myself driving to work every day on a crowded and dangerous piece of California freeway.  The sense impressions were heat, the smell of gasoline, and the blinding glint of sunlight reflecting off chrome.  Then I found the back... [more]

 
 

Breath of God

Recently I calculated that I have practiced over 1000 yoga classes.  I started because I thought it promised it would give me a lean strong body, and help cure my stress-induced backaches.  I’ve never been talented at athletics, but yoga... [more]

 
 

Learning Ways of Sensing From the Mother

Somewhere in the mountains of Northern California, a winding dirt road meandered its way down to a sacred space in the small valley floor and welcomed all of us who came to camp, to sing, and to be a part... [more]

 
 

Reborn

Sensory deprivation may sound terrible at first, but for me, the experience of floating in a soundproof water tank roughly 10 inches deep, at body temperature, in utter darkness, filled with 800 lbs of Epsom salt, has become a safe... [more]

 
 

See Video, Glacier Lilies at Appleton Pass at this link: .http://tinyurl.com/ksnzm5m

(Greg Morgan, 2014.)


 

Sensing God's Presence in the Mountains

 

Pancakes

 

Waterfall, Silver Falls State Park

 

The Scent of Compassion

 

Voice of the Killdeer

 

God - an Image

 

Called Home

 

Light in Gramothe Village

 

Healing Through Time and Space

 

Hearing God: Kay at 4

 

Migration of the Tarantulas

 

Breath of God

 

Learning Ways of Sensing From the Mother

 

Reborn

 

 

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