Do not be dismayed!

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- "There are 29 references to the word dismay in the Old Testament, nearly all of them have to do with the instruction “do not be dismayed”.  This is a word that we seldom use today but means to be intimidated, discouraged or thoroughly disheartened. I... Continue Reading →

Dawn from on high

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- For the past few years, the Church of England's Morning Prayer (Daily Office) had been my companion at the start of the day. Of course there were weeks (and even months) of me falling out of the habit of praying these words. Also, the way... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Where does my strength come from?

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Do you feel sometimes already tired before the day even starts? Endless snoozing of the alarm clock in the hope that just another five minutes will make the difference, but didn’t? Before getting up thoughts already whirling through your head about all the things which... 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 →

A Symbol of our Time

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- This week school started up again in our part of Germany. Children, parents and teachers are doing their best to make learning at home succeed as well as possible.The lockdown rules have tightened too and all of us are trying to balance necessary social interaction... Continue Reading →

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

--- Midweek Meditations: thoughts, inspiration and encouragement from ACF community members --- The fruit of the Holy Spirit are the 9 attributes of a person and a community who live in accord with the Holy Spirit. St. Paul lists these attributes in his letter to the Galatians: But the fruit of the Spirit is love,... Continue Reading →

Falling in Love with Time

--- Midweek Meditations: thoughts, inspiration and encouragement from ACF community members --- My Dad sometimes calls time the Old Enemy. As in, instead of saying, “What’s the time?”, he might say, “How’s the Old Enemy?” Now, I have never really been a fan of military metaphors, particularly in Church. Thinking of our faith as a... Continue Reading →

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