Midweek Meditations

— Thoughts, Inspiration and Encouragement from ACF Community Members —

The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives…

  • sometimes serious and sometimes with a bit of humour
  • inspired by all facets of life: bible passages, current politics, poetry, encounters with friends & strangers, nature observations or a recent Sunday sermon
  • written by ordinary people from all walks of life: stay-at-home mums, university professors, retired ladies and gentlemen, full-time missionaries or the kids from children’s church
  • reflecting all sorts of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities

Each week’s text reflects the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.

We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.

Enjoy!

  • Brother Lawrence and our quiet time - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — A few years ago, on a weekend away, we heard about Brother Lawrence. He was a 17th Century French lay monk. He started off working in the kitchen of the monastery. Even though his job was the lowly work of cooking the simple dishes for... Continue Reading →
  • Post Holidays Blues - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — When I saw what date for a meditation I had been assigned, I paused and wondered what significance such a date had for me, what might be the focus of my musings… December 29th.  Hmmmm.  The first thing that came to mind was the feeling... Continue Reading →
  • My Elf on the Shelf - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — I have a confession to make: I find The Little Drummer Boy to be one of the most touching Christmas songs ever! I don’t know how this happened, but a few years ago all the sudden this song reduced me to tears, and it still... Continue Reading →
  • Go and sit in the sun! - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — One of the many benefits of a mid-week meditation is that we know the weather forecast for the rest of the week. And the good news is: it will be sunny!!! For all of us who are familiar with the rigors of the German winter,... Continue Reading →
  • Rocks painted with rainbows, flowers, patterns and the word HOPE Now is the day of salvation - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — As we are getting closer to yet another lockdown, with viral infections peaking at rates not seen before, and with yet another morphed variant of the SARS-Cov-2 family starting to spread, there is a lot of sadness and disappointment, and also bickering and backbiting. So... Continue Reading →
  • In times like these… - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — We just entered Advent, Vinod and his family arrived in Freiburg ready to enter a new chapter in their and our lives, Germany’s government is in transition, and SARS CoV2 is still around and with the new variant we are eagerly awaiting the next decisions... Continue Reading →
  • In the beginning is the Word - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — In my teaching and research, a certain issue about knowledge comes up frequently. ‘Perspectivity’ pervades the study of literature, history, philosophy, and even law. Concern for the ‘the dangers of a single story’, history being ‘written by the winners’, ‘epistemic privilege’, and ‘the length of... Continue Reading →
  • Reaching out – even now! - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — On Sunday our reading in Hebrews ended with this verse: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. Hebrews 10:24-25 Intimes like... Continue Reading →
  • The Story of the wafer - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — — An adventure told by two voices — …by wafer I don’t mean Raffaelo or stracciatella, though zuppa inglese would meet the case well, as I did get a bit in the soup, as we used to say in my English childhood 86 years’ ago.... Continue Reading →
  • Entering God’s presence - — Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members — I travel a lot – both for work and for pleasure. When travelling, I often stay with friends or colleagues. Depending on the situation, I feel more or less at home. Maybe you can relate. You arrive in the flat and are at first a... Continue Reading →

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