God is not helpless among the ruins

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- These days as the Olympics are taking place in Japan, I am reminded of another of my heroes of the faith, the Scottish Eric Liddell. Some of you may be familiar with the award-winning movie Chariots of Fire, which depicted Liddell’s life, including his participation... Continue Reading →

Come as you are

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- There are at least 12 original castings of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Burghers of Calais.  One was cast in 1925 and installed in 1929 in the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, within walking distance from my second home.  It is one of my favorite sculptures... Continue Reading →

Wherever is Faith, there is Laughter.

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Some of you might know that I am intensely engaged with the study of humor and its multiple facets. Recently I came across a very interesting book written by Gisela Matthiae: „Wo der Glaube ist, da ist auch Lachen“ („Where is Faith, there is Laughter). ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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