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friends Digest, Vol 75, Issue 3

Posted by admin on May 14, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Our Friends, sayma

Today’s Topics:

1. this week at Meeting (Steve Livingston)

Dear Friends,

This week after rise of meeting for worship, we will have our usual social time with an emphasis on bidding farewell to our dear Friend Ellen Frerotte, who along with her husband Jim will be moving to West Virginia. Then, during the second hour Adult Spiritual Enrichment, we will have sharing of spiritual journeys with Edie Patrick, our new Friend from Tennessee, and . . . Ellen Frerotte!

Also, Friends who are planning to attend the SAYMA Gathering next month, don’t forget the deadline for registration without paying a late penalty is May 15. That would be this Saturday. Fortunately, you can download the registration form. Just go to sayma.org and click on “what’s new”.

Best wishes,
Steve

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Gardening and the spiritual life

Posted by admin on Jun 9, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend related how his spiritual life is like his garden. He has been spending a lot of time in his garden lately, preparing the ground for planting. He finds that the spiritual life is like a garden in that most of the time and effort is involved in preparing the ground. And as with the garden, some things don’t grow well despite his best efforts. As with his spiritual life, he must discern what’s not growing well in the garden and take it out before it harms the healthy plants. And as with his spiritual life, he makes a lot of plans as to what he plant and where, but inevitably most of the seeds in his garden fall from the heavens. He has to determine which will grow into noxious weeds and which will be beneficial. So it is with the spiritual life. We have our disciplines, but much of what comes into our lives falls from the heavens.

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Missing the spiritual dimension

Posted by admin on May 20, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend shared his conviction that he is a spiritual being having an earthly experience, rather than an earthly being having a spiritual experience. As such, he believes that every experience has a spiritual dimension. But often he finds that he is not paying enough attention to Spirit in each moment he is living, and therefore he often fails to embrace the spiritual dimension of his experiences.

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An inquisitive mind

Posted by admin on Mar 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

A Friend shared that she was the youngest of six children, the only girl after five boys. Her mother was so busy taking care of the household, she had no time for the endless questions of her inquisitive daughter. But her father never tired of answering them. She recalled how it seemed he had an answer for everything, and he never told her to stop. Her inquisitive mind served her well as a student, and she always felt that her parents supported her 100% in all of her life’s decisions. Since both parents were Protestant ministers, that meant a lot to her when it came to finding her spiritual path.

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