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From The Branches Blog

Growing older teaches me that God is good, even when bad things happen

a guest post by Brian McCaffrey

Aging is something that comes naturally; all that is required is taking another breath. However, the wisdom that is supposed to come with it takes a little more effort!

In the midst of tragedy, thankfulness

When I was a student chaplain at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, I was assigned to the women’s oncology unit. I was fresh out of seminary. I was encountering life stories that caused me to struggle with my faith – how did my idea of a “good” God connect to the bad things I saw …



The invitation to a nonviolent life

a guest post by Bill Lewis

white-dove-spirit-of-peace-1244811-1920x1920Thomas Kelly writes: “Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is triumphant. It is radiant. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time. And it makes our life programs new and overcoming. We need not get frantic. He is at the helm. And when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well.”

What an invitation – to live into simplicity, serenity and peace. Yet we …