Author Archives: Christiana McQuain

Resilience: When Life Hands You Lemons

This morning in the worship service, I shared a presentation about Lemonade, and one perspective on how to think about the lemons that life hands you.  I’d like to share another take on this adage.  A (lemon) twist, if you … Continue reading

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Faith: Being More

Daily I wrestle with the feeling that the state of the world I see before me is all there is.  Daily, I doubt my ability to have an impact Is this reality, or is this a perception of my own … Continue reading

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All is Welcome Here: Bring it On!

What brings you here today?  Are you lost and seeking familiarity – something recognizable to help you find your way back to your comfort zone, or to a new path entirely?  Are you “found” and desiring to rejoice and share … Continue reading

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Come, Come Whoever You Are: Welcoming Woke-ness

Today you may hear words that upset you.  Today you may be confronted with ideas that challenge your innate or carefully cultivated sense of knowing that you are on the right path.  What will you do when you are faced … Continue reading

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Come Come Whoever You Are: Broken Vows

Come, Come, Whoever You Are Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times Come, yet again, come, come.  ~ Jalaluddin Rumi    … Continue reading

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Fire of Commitment: Fired Up!

Ever since the election I have felt burdened with worry.  I feel like we are living in a nightmare, and I have deep fear for the future of our nation and our world.  I am simply burnt out. Or am … Continue reading

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Woyaya: The Long Way ‘Round

“I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round, The one with the prettiest view. It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, It’s got woods that’ll give you shivers But it sure would be prettier with you.” ~ When I’m Gone, … Continue reading

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We Are: One

“For each child that’s born the morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are.”* Yesterday was my birthday.  Those of you who know me personally already know this because, well, Facebook.  Because it was my birthday, and … Continue reading

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Filled with Loving Kindness: Storytime

At times like these, when I am consumed with darkness and the world outside my door is wracked with chaos and strife, I am tempted to withdraw. There have been many moments when silence has provided me with a depth … Continue reading

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Filled with Loving Kindness: The Absurdity of Today

(The fires, while very real and truly devastating, are herein used as a metaphor for my feelings about the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.  Also very real and – from my perspective – truly devastating.)    Wildfires are … Continue reading

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