My title today comes from one of my favorite authors, JRR Tolkien, in his classic The Fellowship of the Ring. The poem reminds us to look beyond initial appearances, which can deceive. All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not
This week, Muslims worldwide celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice. This holiday commemorates the story of the prophet Ibrahim, visited by Allah in a dream and asked to sacrifice his son Ismail as a sign of his devotion to Allah. He nearly does so, only to be stopped at the last minute with
At a recent Chaplain training class we started sharing how God has shown up in our lives. Each of us kept getting more excited as we shared how God has organized our lives so miraculously. Suddenly a class member burst out with “How About That God!”. When I talk about God showing up in our
This song is simply beautiful – haunting, evocative and moving. It’s very fitting for a week in which we talk about offering, releasing, and letting be. Listen to a wonderful performance by Asha and our Band!
On August 20, 2018 Muslims worldwide will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice. While this festival commemorates the story of the Prophet Ibrahim’s offering of his son in sacrifice to God, it gives us an opportunity to consider the idea of selfless offering in our own lives. In our modern world, is there a place for this ancient notion? What does it look like, and why do we do it? Let’s talk about what we offer, and why, as we grow on our spiritual path.