Our Collective Journal

April 2015/ June 2015 

  

"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 22

When has the Light called 

you to wait or be still?


 

 J. Doyle Penrose, Presence in the Midst


 

Listening for God

I have been attending West Hills for something like eight years now.   During my early years here, I remember that one or more of Mike’s messages involved Jesus appearing in the form of a stranger at the door, speaking directly. ... [more]

 
 

The Question

When I was about 4 years old, my mother bent down until she was level with my little face, pointed a red-nailed finger at me and asked, “Why did you do that?!”  I vividly remember my shock.   This was my... [more]

 
 

Shattered

Why do Quakers want to remove us from the Yearly Meeting?

 

My wife Pat and I have been part of Northwest Yearly Meeting for a combined total of nearly 140 years.  Pat has served on several yearly meeting boards, including the... [more]

 
 

A Good Time to Listen

“Slow down!”  What? That didn’t make any sense, but that was the message I “heard” as I entered the on-ramp to the Houston freeway. To successfully merge into the speeding traffic you speed up, not slow down, and I could... [more]

 
 

My Vigil

Don’t go to sleep one night.

What you want most will come

to you then.

Warmed by a sun inside, you’ll see wonders.

—-Rumi


I’m not very good at being quiet. Internal stillness is not a natural state for me. To tell the truth,... [more]

 
 

A Time to Wait

When I was a Quaker Voluntary Service fellow serving in Atlanta, I experienced what felt like a leading to travel to Uganda.  Oh man...planning a trip into a country for the express purpose of breaking their laws by assisting LGBTQ people... [more]

 
 

Waiting for the Future

I’ve spent most of my life looking to the future, dreaming, and waiting.  When I was young, I waited for a better house, meeting “the right person”, and turning 18 so I could start my own life.  I wanted something better... [more]

 
 

Two Dreams

Though recognizing and honoring Gods’ leadings to wait has long challenged me, I hadn’t been able to think of a related story worth telling in “Minding the Light.” Then one morning I woke from two significant dreams.

 

In the first, I... [more]

 
 

William Penn. N.C. Wyeth, 1933, Mural painting for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia, PA


 

Chapter 22 Stories 

 

Listening for God

 

The Question

 

Shattered

 

A Good Time to Listen

 

My Vigil

 

A Time to Wait

 

Waiting for the Future

 

Two Dreams

 

 

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