When everything is changing – Signs of recognition

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Are you a conservative - like me? 'Conservare', in Latin means to preserve, save, maintain, leave intact. Some of my 'conservative' friends would say: we want to preserve and protect 'the good'. Now they and I have very different ideas about what that means politically.... Continue Reading →

Stuck Among the Savages

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Seeing German wounded being brought back from Mali on a Luftwaffe medevac plane, and praying for their recovery, I was reminded of the few occasions that Roman soldiers are mentioned in the New Testament. Yet they must have been there, and by the hundreds if... Continue Reading →

Encountering foreigners

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Finally, lockdowns have been lifted, summer has come, and the holidays have begun. Europe is again on the move: people are crisscrossing the Continent and crossing over to it from other continents. Maybe you’re going abroad, or maybe you’re staying at home. Either way, you’re... Continue Reading →

Liturgy of the Hours

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- A few weeks ago, the chaplaincy took part for the first time in the prayer initiative of “Thy Kingdom come”. This took place between Pentecost and Ascension Day. We, and many other churches, held a nightly prayer meeting. Ours taking place on Zoom. Each night... Continue Reading →

The Knife Angel

National Monument against Violence and Aggression --- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Last week we read about the angel that sits on the work desk of one of our community members. This week we see a very different angel which can stir up quite conflicting emotions. It is a contemporary sculpture,... Continue Reading →

Our help is in the name of the Lord. Amen.

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- This wooden angel sits in my room at work, between my desk overloaded with patient charts waiting for their turn and the big glass window separating my inside world and the much larger outside. He (or She ?) hovers there, steadfast, never leaving, quietly over... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.Psalm 32:1 For as long as I can remember, forgiveness has been my absolute favourite theme. I still have to cry when I read the account of Joseph forgiving his brothers, despite all their... Continue Reading →

Ascension to Pentecost

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Since I grew up in the US in a non church-going home I never heard much about the two public German holidays that follow Easter. Because of my confusion, the first book in German I purchased was a book describing where the majority of celebrations... Continue Reading →

“P.S. Words are not enough. Or pictures.”

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- I have a book in our loo room called “10 Second sermons” by Milton Jones. Milton Jones is an English comedian known for his one-liners, having multiple grandfathers and his crazy hair. Search for him on YouTube to see his more mainstream comedy appearances (like... Continue Reading →

Wise Words

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- These Wednesday meditations have been such a source of inspiration. It has been so enriching seeing where others find support to uplift, to carry on through times of despair, to reach deeper into sources that can guide us on our spiritual journey. I myself have... Continue Reading →

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