Generosity in quotes: Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden

“We don’t help people experience the abundant life by telling them they should be experiencing the abundant life. We show people how to experience this life by modeling it first. We help others experience the abundant life by taking a genuine interest in them and reminding them that someone else thinks their life is special, […]

Generosity in quotes: Thomas Merton

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection […]

Generosity in quotes: Gaping Void

“There’s something magical about kindness. It’s an element we no longer expect in our day-to-day interactions, but it’s something we long for. The thing about exclusivity is that it’s really, really lonely. It seems cool to be the girl in the sunglasses, the guy who never picks up his phone, but there’s a lot of […]

Generosity in quotes: ABBA

“If you need me, let me know, gonna be around. If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down. If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown, . . . Take a chance on me. Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie, If you put me to the […]

What a gift we have in friendship

This past weekend, my husband and I caught a few hours in Washington, D.C. with long-time friends from Chicago. When we stopped for dinner, the waiter at our table asked what had brought us to our nation’s capital. “Friendship,” one of us replied. A surprised look crossed the young man’s face. “That’s a first for […]

Giving ourselves the gift of self-care

This past weekend, my husband and I stepped away from the rat race of our lives for a 48-hour respite with dear friends from Chicago. We had originally planned to meet in a neutral location far from both our homes, but in the end, we hid out at our house here in Dillsburg. It was […]

Friendship, vocation, and staying the course

In a lovely post over at Faith & Leadership, blogger Michael Jinkins identifies friendship as what sustains him most in his ministry of leadership. Jinkins is a seminary president, which means he knows a thing or two about the  stresses, loneliness, and risk of burn-out that come with leading.  In fact, it’s the day-to-day grind […]