A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. Pete Hyde The holidays are over!!  Something inside of me wants to jump up and down and shout HALLELUJAH!!! I just couldn't separate myself from all the job activities to really "get into the spirit of the season" this year. Now, the decorations are almost all packed up and put...

Lotus Life Surrender

Do you feel a push at every New Year to make a list of resolutions? An agenda to create the changes in your life that you have wanted to make? These “lists” can sometimes feel more like pressure; something to judge ourselves by if we don’t complete, stay on...
By Rev. Pete Hyde The morning broke cold and blustery - temperatures in the 30's and wind chill in the teens. As I lay in the half-slumber that is early morning, I looked out the window that sheltered me from the cold winter's day. The sun was just touching the tree tops...
The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth.” – Rumi The heart is where creation begins- and life starts. It is our power space, what connects us to the divine, and our guide to our true north. When our hearts are open,...

Alabama Christmas

By Sean Dietrich Alabama, 1963—it was chilly. It was gray. A skinny Christmas tree sat in the corner of his rundown home, undecorated. No gifts. His wife was a secretary. He punched a clock, wore leather gloves, and moved steel for a living. Theirs wasn’t a particularly unusual story. They...

Let It Go

By Rick Moore After Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle of Florida, a friend of mine gave advice to someone whose house was wrecked. He said to make four piles: a pile to keep, a pile to sell, a pile to give away and a pile to throw away. That sounded...

You and I are They

By Kirk McCarley My mother had a fond acquaintance with “they.”  She often referenced they in conversation.  They always seemed to know the best restaurant.  They knew the right kind of car to buy, where to shop for clothes, and would even tell you the best places to vacation.  I was fascinated with they even though I’m not sure...
By Lauren Catanese “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derived sustenance and strength from the relationship.”   -Brene Brown Life is all about connection. Brene Brown says, “We are hardwired...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

The predawn sky had just a hint of gray in preparation for sunrise as we left the hotel in Vicksburg headed to Oklahoma for a wedding. Overnight rain left the air clean and fresh-smelling even though the humidity was heavy as a steam room in the gym. It looked like we...

DEAR SEAN

I don’t like your writing because you are a dumbass. Thanks, I DON’T CARE IF YOU USE MY NAME DEAR I-DON’T-CARE: Let’s go back in time. Now, of course, I don’t know your personal story, but let’s be theoretical here. Pretend your mother and father just met two minutes ago. The circumstances that...

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