The Porch Swing October 12, 2015

There is a big difference between a lanai and a porch swing. We had a porch swing when I was a little girl, and sitting on that swing after dinner was just about the best thing in the world. Before the sun became completely hidden and asleep for the night, it was like the sky and trees would start singing. Sometimes there were shooting stars and a full moon and these marvelous constellations that looked like high school geography. The air smelled like grass and moist dirt.

Dad would come out and sit on the porch step while I rocked to the rhythm of the night. I remember asking him once, “Dad, do you believe there is a God?” “Sis,” he said “Just look to that magnificent sky. How could there not be a God?” Here it is about 60 years later and I remember that as a pivotal time in my faith journey. After all, if Dad said it, it must be true.

I remember from that time on, when I said my nightly prayers, I always pictured Dad and me, the step and the porch swing, and that purple, pink and orange evening sky. If I did not remember this, the peace I claimed would slip away. My time would have been used in ways that either took all or gave nothing. But this, this memory has a quiet space in my heart filled with light. Today, I look at the sky with the same wonder. It is just as beautiful from our Florida lanai. I can hear the ocean, feel the sea breeze, a little salty. I lift my head and look up like Dad and I did so many years ago. Oh yes, He is there. He surely is.

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Are You Lead By The Spirit? October 4, 2015

If you have a sense that the Holy Spirit is leading you, ask yourself some questions. First, will this bring me joy? Does the world need this? These questions are inspired by Frederick Buechner who wrote that “our place in the world is to be found where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” The Spirit often leads us to the intersection of joy and need.

Continue to ask questions. Is this a loving action? Will it help me and others? Why am I motivated to move in this direction? These questions, while not guaranteed, often protect us from extremes.

If you get positive answers to these questions, and still feel strongly about where you are being lead, then check with a trusted person or clergy. If they agree, then by all means proceed with the action or further discernment.

I want to give you something to ponder. The Jesus narrative of Him sending us a presence to comfort us was woven into the Christology of the emerging church at least six decades after the death of Jesus. Does this make it not true? Of course not. The early church had many mystical experiences which they could not understand. The even earlier Hebrew Scriptures were rife with mystical experiences – just have a quick look at Genesis.

Can’t you just hear the words of John’s gospel that the early Christians might have said to each other? “Is this the Spirit He promised to send us?”

I always tell myself that something quite extraordinary happened a little over two thousand years ago. And it changed the world.

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May God’s peace be with you.

New Blog! September 23, 2015

Friends, my new blog is up. Please go to It will take awhile before Google and Bing pick it up, but the order has been placed. It is also on facebook for as long as facebook allows it. They are frequently changing their policies.

This blog will remain opened until next February, 2016. Then, should you come here, you will be pointed to emergent faith.

I hope you will continue with me on my journey. The world today offers so much to talk about, and pray about! How do we, as people of faith, deal with so many conflicting ideas?

Fear seems to lurk around the corner, so we have to march forward in faith, hope and promise and always do the right thing.

May the peace of the Lord be always with you. I will be posting from time to time right here.


The Prayer Of The Chalice September 15, 2015

Father, to You I raise my whole being – a vessel emptied of self. Accept, oh Lord, this is my emptiness, and so fill me with Yourself, Your light, Your love, Your life – that these Your precious gifts may radiate through me and over-flow the chalice of my heart into the hearts of all with whom I come in contact this day revealing unto them the beauty of Your joy and wholeness and the serenity of Your peace which nothing can destroy. Amen

By Frances Nuttall