Our Collective Journal

February/March 2013

 

"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 11

What experience of the Light 

do you treasure? 

Annunciation, painting by He Qi

He Qi © 2013 | www.heqigallery.com


 

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When skies are clear on Winter days, the sun beams through tall windows and sparkles across the 90-degree therapy pool. Often the only one present, I feel the freedom to twirl and splash.  The salty water holds me upright.  I can dance in the beauty, joy and wonder of warm,... [more]

 
 

God's Tower

My cousin, Jesse Gillette, died in June of 2006. We’d been good friends at times, especially as youngsters. I went through some bleak times in my life after Jesse’s death and for a period was gripped by a terrible fear of death. At that time in my life I seemed... [more]

 
 

Perfection Out the Window

 

—Charles T 

 
 

The Eagle and the Sunrise

I wish the dying process were more like the movies — relatively quick without protracted pain or suffering — but it seems it’s rarely that way. It certainly wasn’t for my brother-in-law, John, as he went through this process a few years ago. He’d been diagnosed with colon cancer that... [more]

 
 

In My Time of Darkness

This is, indeed, one of my treasured stories of Light on my spiritual journey.

 

It was one of the first times, if not THE FIRST, I came to worship with West Hills Friends.  I was in the midst of a time of spiritual confusion, of losing faith in a theology that... [more]

 
 

Heart Filled With Peace

In the grand scheme of things, the surgery I had scheduled to replace my deteriorating hip was “routine.”  Hip replacement is one of the most effective and successful procedures in the annals of surgery, having been performed many thousands of times with few complications.  “You’ll be fine,” I told myself. ... [more]

 
 

"Nos perdimos el tiempo por Dios"

Seven of us piled into the Toyota Landcruiser and drove off a half dozen miles from the lake. We were going to visit our friend Eusebio before leaving Peru.  Where the road ended, I scrambled out to walk another half mile across the barren altiplano landscape — three children in... [more]

 
 

Ten Thousand Lights

As I grew up in the Los Angeles area I saw the few stars that shone through the hazy, but very well lit sky.  I knew there was more up there than the smoggy and light polluted sky showed, but I had rarely seen it. 

 

In my senior year of high... [more]

 
 

Lost and Found

I’ve always found it challenging to listen to God’s voice — but on one occasion, I heard it very clearly.

 

A number of years ago, as part of my job, I drove up the Washington coast to Westport, near Grays Harbor, to observe testing at a school.  I stayed in a... [more]

 
 

Chapter 11 Stories 

 

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God's Tower

 

Perfection Out the Window

 

The Eagle and the Sunrise

 

In My Time of Darkness

 

Heart Filled With Peace

 

"Nos perdimos el tiempo por Dios"

 

Ten Thousand Lights

 

Lost and Found