All "Ponderings" Posts

  • Tied to Berlin, tied to the earth, tied to the sky

    Posted by on May 13, 2014, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    I am inextricably tied to Berlin. I was born on August 13.  August 13, 1961 is when the Berlin Wall went up.  I turned 21 while doing my alternative service as a conscientious objector in “West” Berlin from 1967/69, caring for 15 persons with disabilities, all who somehow were passed over by Hitler.  Like the city at that time, when I arrived in September 1967, I was fully divided within myself, trying to decide was I going to live a life controlled by what others thought I should be or was I going to be able to listen to who … Read More!

  • Are We Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses?

    Posted by on February 14, 2014, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    Are We Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses?
    All Agency Staff Meetings January 28 and 31, 2014
    Opening Devotional

    Long Black Vale The Band
    Ten years ago on a cold dark night,
    Someone was killed ‘neath the town hall light.
    There were few at the scene, but they all agreed, That the slayer who ran looked a lot like me.
    Chorus ~ She walks these hills, in a long black veil.
    She visits my grave, when the night winds wail.
    Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows, but me The Judge said son, what is your alibi,
    If you were somewhere
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  • Thanksgiving 2013…a Harvest of Fruit of the Spirit?

    Posted by on December 4, 2013, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    The week of the first Advent is important in the life of Peaceful Living. December 4, 2000 is Peaceful Living’s birthday; hence this year we will be 13 years old. We have a lot to be thankful for:

    1. Mennonite Health Services who helped us when we were a very small seedling
    2. The PL board of directors that has nurtured us along the way
    3. The staff that is so caring and creative that we are changing peoples lives for good
    4. And parents who are attracted to Peaceful Living because of the way we care for their folks and they are sharing
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  • Four Chambers of the Heart

    Posted by on August 2, 2012, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    The New Year Address to all Peaceful Living staff , July 19 and 20.

    As we start a new fiscal year, it is important to reflect on where we have been and where we are headed.  All of the financial numbers are not in for the last year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, but we will end the year in a strong financial position. We do however have the results of our staff and customer satisfaction surveys in and they all averaged 4.5 or higher on a 1-5 scale, which is excellent.

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  • A Midsummer’s Morning

    Posted by on July 17, 2012, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    Warm summer mornings allow me to enjoy my coffee outside, close to our flowerbeds. The following poem came to me as I was sitting outside with my first cup of coffee,  while it was still dark in the early morning.  As I sat there the sun changed the night into day.

     A Midsummer’s Morning

    Listening… as night changes to day.
    The crickets form the eternal foundation of sound, day and night.
    The sound of the robin, goldfinch, dove, cardinal and carolina wren break into the scene.
    They sing, coo, chirp, or softly whistle,  staking their territory in the Lord’s creation.Read More!

  • A Holy Holi Moment in Time

    Posted by on April 28, 2012, in Executive Director's Blog & Ponderings

    A Lamb carved in very old stone wall from Roman Catacombs.

    The problem I’m trying to solve in our community, with real people in our community, is an old one: how to live together in peace. It has to do with neighbors getting to know neighbors, and getting along together. The images I have are of animals living together in peace,  a lamb, and the leaves of a special tree. The image of animals living in peace is from the Quaker sign painter from Lower Bucks county, Edward Hicks, who is drawing upon the Peaceable Kingdom from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 116-9):

    A Living Knowledge of God

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  • A “Stingy Planter” vs. A “Lavish Planter”

    Posted by on November 11, 2011, in Executive Director's Blog & Ponderings

    Thanksgiving 2011

    One of the texts for the lectionary for Thanksgiving this year is from 2 Corinthians 96-15.  One of the key verses is the inspiration at the top of the very page you’re reading.

    12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

    This is not the easiest verse to understand, the context is giving of ourselves unselfishly. Earlier in 2nd Corinthians Paul says,

    6-7 Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop.

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  • Solidago

    Posted by on October 6, 2011, in Executive Director's Blog & Ponderings

    The Lord is continually sending us messages through scripture, nature, the cosmos…to be totally present in our lives, minute by minute, day by day, season by season..and every fall we get this message. Are we listening?

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  • Building a Peaceable Kingdom

    Posted by on June 15, 2011, in Executive Director's Blog & Ponderings

    Edward Hicks' Peaceable Kingdom

    This is the opening devotional for Initial meeting of the Proposed International Voluntary Service Unit for the Indian and North Penn Valley, which occurred on April 26th, 2011.

    Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they will be my people.  There will be no further need for neighbor to try to teach neighbor, or brother to say to brother, “Learn to know Yahweh!”  No, they will all know me the least no less than the greatest­- it is Yahweh who speaks- since I will forgive

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