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My Soul Has Found a Resting Place…

  Last Sunday I returned to First Congregational Church, a place where my soul feels at home. Perhaps I am simply getting old and nostalgic for the past, reveling in a Norman Rockwell-like Sunday morning scene. I admit that the whole experience of walking up the hill to the church,…

 

Living Life in Gratitude Mode

If I have learned anything as a widow, it is the importance of living life in gratitude mode—being thankful for all that was and is and is to come. Generosity flows from a grateful heart. My mother-in-law and my husband were the two most generous people I have ever known….

 

God’s Compensation

I call it God’s compensation. The loss of a spouse is completely overwhelming. In place of that unique relationship, in place of that companionship, surviving spouses—if they are of sound mind and body and if finances permit—receive an enormous measure of freedom and independence. Like most women of my generation,…

 

Be Anxious for Nothing

“… but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Advice given the church at Philippi almost 2,000 years ago resonated with me after…

 

Remembering Our Founding Values

My Independence Day celebration began in the 1809 Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Nantucket. The annual program was billed simply as the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, but it was much more than that. First, I was surprised by the crowds. It was like…

 

Happy 239th Birthday!

America, the Beautiful O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern impassion’d stress A…