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    The "New Normal"

    05.26.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

    As our community begins to open up, we are going to have to get used to a "new normal." As we think about how we are going to engage in society, I invite you to consider John Wesley's Manifesto. I first saw this in the museum in The New Room in...

      Patience

      05.23.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

      If you live in southern California, you are enjoying the nicer weather; and if you are like me, it is difficult to be patient, waiting for restrictions to be lifted. The good news is that things are gradually opening up and we will be together...

        Small Treasures

        05.22.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

        Hope and comfort for my heart. One day last summer, when my 8-year-old granddaughter Layla was staying in San Diego for the summer, her dad (my youngest son Marcus) got called into work at the hospital. He had a two-hour gap with no one available...

          You Are Not Alone - 2

          05.20.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

          As we enter the umpteenth day of sheltering in place, I’d like to acknowledge how we are all feeling today. Each day, each week, presents a new way to experience this global pandemic. Some days we carry on as usual, other days are filled...

            Prayer Thinker

            05.16.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

            I hate to admit it, but I have never been much of a pray-er. A thinker, yes. A pray-er, no. Not in the traditional means. But the more I grew and learned and practiced my faith as a Christian, I discovered that prayer takes a lot of different...

              What Creativity is Around You

              05.15.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

              Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to...

                Proper Distancing

                05.12.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                A little beauty and a little humor; As we begin to start opening things up and relaxing restrictions around the country it is important to still be respectful of those around us. Yes, we get to go out and enjoy the natural beauty in the world...

                  Poppies!

                  05.11.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                  I've been trying to take a couple of walks around my neighborhood each day, for exercise and for prayer. One of my favorite sights lately has been these blooming California poppies. They easily brighten the day, and I hope they brighten yours...

                    Happy Mother's Day

                    05.09.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                    At our church we have many women in leadership. We have: Our Lead Pastor. A Mother. The Teaching Pastor of the Water’s Edge Faith Community. A Mother. Our Pastor of Justice and Compassion. A Mother. The Pastor of Congregational Care. A...

                      Take Care of Your Light

                      05.08.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                      In Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection, she offers a practice that I’ve found helpful during this quarantine. It’s called Vowel Check: AEIOUY A = Have I been Abstinent today? (Taken a break from social media...

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