Our Collective Journal

June 2017/ Oct. 2017


"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 29

When has saying yes taken 

you in a surprising direction? 


Burning Bush © Jan Richardson.  http://janrichardson.com/



A String of Yeses

In 1971, I was without a job or apartment, living with friends in Boston.  A friend told me about a place on the south shore that was hiring, so I got a ride there.  This place was an old abandoned... [more]


Him for Her

I’ve always had a complicated relationship with parenting.  I knew that I wanted children, but I didn’t NEED to be a parent.  Parts of it sounded nice.  Sharing knowledge, a sense of pride as they grow older, someone to keep me connected to... [more]


Yes, My Lord

You know I get so weary, Lord,

And I lose my way,

But then I turn and see 

You smile at me, and 

I can hear you say,


“If you want me to, I will

Walk with you

Down this lonely road,”


And I said, yeah, yeah,

Yeah, yes,... [more]


Are You Serious?!

Sometimes it takes an insightful friend to change an “Of course I won’t! Are you serious?” into a difficult “yes”.  My friend Georgia helped me to see clearly during a difficult time with another friend, Teresa.


Teresa and I had... [more]


Getting To YES!

Recently, when one hurricane after another was making landfall on US soil causing widespread devastation and human suffering, I was wondering how I could help. How could I possibly make a difference given the enormous scope of these disasters? The... [more]


Military Recruiters

Sometimes I've said what has to be said.  The organization Veterans For Peace had mutual friends to Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. I attended a small meeting at Veterans For Peace and volunteered to speak at the public... [more]


Wait For It

Last month I was given the opportunity to be a traveling minister for Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), to visit Jamaica Yearly Meeting. The committee that receives requests for traveling ministers had discerned that this request from JYM was... [more]


Saying Yes by Saying No

Contemplating this query, I couldn’t think of a time that I had said an unlikely yes. Looking back on the yeses in my life I saw unwarranted yeses, self-betraying yeses and unexamined yeses. There were rash yeses, self-harming yeses and... [more]


Blessing at the Burning Bush

You will have to decide

if you want this—

want the blessing

that comes to you

on an ordinary day

when you are minding

your own path,

bent on the task before you

that you have done

a hundred times,

a thousand.


You will have to choose

for yourself

whether you will attend

to... [more]


Prodigal Son IV (Luke 15:11-32), mixed media by Cody F. Miller


Chapter 29 Stories 


A String of Yeses


Him for Her


Yes, My Lord


Are You Serious?!


Getting To YES!


Military Recruiters


Wait For It


Saying Yes by Saying No


Blessing at the Burning Bush



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