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With or Without Candlelight

With or Without Candlelight

Meditations

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The 2009 inSpirit title. The inSpirit Series was previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.

Editor: Victoria Safford

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These meditations, sung in many voices, echo the song of the human soul. In poetry and beautiful prose, writers reflect on the magical, day-to-day dance of the holy and the ordinary. Here are selections for common worship, small groups and for solitary reflection. Celebrations of the spirit, lamentations of the heart, elegant observations of the natural world and eyewitness accounts of the moral universe, these poems and readings offer wisdom and laughter, comfort and pathways to deeper questions.

The authors represented here come from many walks of life. All offer gifts of beauty and honesty.

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With or Without Candlelight by John Marsh

Caretaking by Jill-Beth Veronica Sweeney

Berry Patch by Vanessa Southern

Lesson in the Stones by Elizabeth Lerner

The Labyrinth by Lisa Romantum Schwartz

I Want to Believe That When You by Joan Mcintosh

Thin Places by John Crossley Morgan

Saved by Theresa Novak

The Humanist Is Asked to Define Worship by Kendyl Gibbons

The Black Cat by Kenneth W. Collier

The Last Aria by Elizabeth Lerner

Holy Family by Nancy McDonald Ladd

Waiting by Burton Carley

Taking Hands by Victoria Weinstein

My Disabled God by Myke Johnson

Oriented Times Three by Karen Hering

The Gods in My Closet by Terri Dennehy Pahucki

Uplifted by Jean M. Olson

A Farmer Feeds by Bill Neely

Cornucopia by Jean M. Olson

Blessings for the Journey by Jill Terwilliger

Held by Bill Neely

Dance of Life by Dianne McConville Weiss

General Assembly by Day 2 by Mark Alter

For Grandfather by John Crossley Morgan

Fire of God by Joan McIntosh

What Returns by Nancy Shaffer

Second Person Intimate by Kendyl Gibbons

Lives and Tears by Stephen M. Shick

Pray by Theresa Novak

Desert War by Joan McIntosh

Morning Pause by Kenneth W. Collier

Jig-Saw by Julia Drury

The Bison Home by Bill Neely

Nightlake by Elizabeth Lerner

Blessed Half-Light by Stephen M. Schick

A Window of Home by Karen Hering

We Dwell Between by Burton Carley

Bridges Eleven by Mark Alter

Country of Illusions by John Crossley Morgan

Nighttime by January by Bill Neely

Winter Lake by Elizabeth Lerner

Catechism of Questions by Kendyl Gibbons

Belonging by Karen Hering

I find them everywhere--in the sunrise, in my toddler's giggle, in age-old traditions, in the courageous surrender of a friend on the brink of death. Pieces and particles of gods, even whole gods--examined, collected, and eventually stuffed into the back of my closet. Some of them I've had for years, hand-me-down heirlooms I may have outgrown but can't bear to give away. Others I've meticulously stitched by hand from an eclectic assortment of fabrics. In fact, I've got a closetful of gods that I try on for size when I need one. Some I save for special occasions: the God that Sustains through Funerals; the God of Family Get-togethers. Others appear when I least expect them: God the Savior; God the Jokester. I am in awe of the God of Nature and mystified by the God of Time. I'm still struggling with the God of Relationships, and grateful for the God of Second Chances.

—From "The Gods in My Closet" by Terri Dennehy Pahucki

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