Posts by Syndie Eardly

Hit the Reset Button

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Hit the Reset Button

By Syndie Eardly   Put this at the top of your 2017 resolution list: I promise to hit the reset button every morning. Hitting the reset button means starting fresh every day, believing that you are loved unconditionally by the Great Creator, completely forgiven for everything in the past, and invited once again to participate in the ongoing creation with a fresh spirit. Many of our greatest spiritual teachers have offered us a perspective on fresh beginnings. Ralph Waldo Emerson penned this sage advice: “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders...

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Waiting with Hope

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Waiting with Hope

Waiting with Hope

We started in April, after the last snow had finally melted away and the ground began to soften. We turned the compost, cleaned up the trash that had blown into the garden, cut up the wood that had fallen during the winter storms, cleared out last year’s plants, and put new seeds into the ground. And now we wait.   We walk to the garden and see nothing coming up. We visit a second time. Nothing yet. But we never despair. Because we have hope. The seed we planted is a promise. We trust that though the seed is hidden from our eyes, something is stirring, something is striving upward into...

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Heart wide open

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Heart wide open

There is something about June and the advent of summer that opens up my heart in gratitude for the beauty, endurance and abundance of our world. Perhaps it’s the flowers that captivate me when I take my walks at work on my lunch hour. Maybe it’s the vegetable garden that my husband plants in May. It’s just mid-June and the plants are sturdy and budding with flowers soon to become a rich harvest. Already, we are plucking lettuce for salads, radishes to tingle on our tongues and greens to steam for dinner. Can tomatoes be far behind? There’s more though. I can ride my bike to the beach...

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The Season of Rebirth

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Season of Rebirth

March may well be one of the dreariest months inNortheastern Ohio, as we bid goodbye to winter and turn our faces towards the onset of spring, but it is this profound seasonal change that can inspire our spiritual life more than any other time of year. For Christians, the Lenten season invites us to a variety of experiences and rituals around the last days of the life of Jesus Christ and his passion, death and resurrection. Many of our Lenten practices traditionally are practices of self-denial. What will we be giving up during this season? But the advent of Spring invites us to look at these...

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Welcome to 2013!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Welcome to 2013!

Welcome to 2013!

I used to get the post-Christmas doldrums. With the brightness and beauty of the Christmas season passed, January seemed almost a mourning season. It doesn’t help that it is also the darkest month of the year characterized by difficult weather in NE Ohio. But as my prayer life deepened over the years, I came to appreciate the quiet, uneventful month of January as a time to take stock of my life in a prayerful, discerning way. For many, it is a time of self-evaluation, hence the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. Of course we now know the science of New Year’s Resolutions. Most people...

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