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OneLife Letters exists to help you to recognize and respond to God in your story. Writers for oneLife Letters are facilitators and users of ‘Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in Your Story’ materials that help people map their life stories for the purpose of spiritual growth and meaningful action. To find out more, visit .

Childhood Valley Experiences—Redeemed!

Photo Credit: Sharon Christina By Patty MacCarthy, onelifemaps participant Growing up, I attended church each week with my family. In Sunday school, I was told that I was "a perfect child of God.” I never heard the word “sin” or that I was in need of a Savior. Jesus was portrayed only as teacher and healer. As a young girl, I was often left in the care of my two older brothers. [...]

God’s Invitation to Be-Come

photo by Anne Spratt by Linda Holmes, Spiritual Director BE… In the beginning God created people to live and move and have their very BEing in Him. The great I AM chose us to BE like Him, intimately related to and in relationship with Him.  In spite of our failings and falling out with God, He waits for and welcomes us to spend time with Him not doing, but ‘being’ still that we [...]

The Sacrament of Letting Go

by Kathy Bolduc, author Do you ever throw yourself a pity party? You know, one of those parties where you’re the only one who shows up? When you’re all by yourself, down in the dumps, knowing absolutely no one can possibly relate to your life situation? I had a day like that last Sunday. Feeling sorry for myself is easy on gloomy days when I can’t get to church for the fifth week in a [...]

See Me!

Photo By Kristina MM by Jean Masukevich, Yoga Instructor and Founder, Soar 4 Kids, Inc. I just heard a story about an 18 month old who woke from her nap and called out from her crib with joy filled expectancy, “See me, see me!” When her Mama went into her bedroom to see her she was covered with Vaseline that she snagged from her changing table and smeared all over her head and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 23, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Faces of Poverty

Photo by True Change Band by Barb Giordan I visited poverty last summer at Walmart. I was standing in the checkout line paying for my son's school supplies. It was piled in mounds like heaps of rubble; notebooks and pencils, erasers and paper. The cashier looked at me forlornly and said, "Wow, that's a ton of money for all those supplies." "Yes," I agreed. She said she was waiting for a woman to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 August 5, 2014|Categories: Why Your Story Matters|3 Comments

Six Steps to Sabbath Rest

Photo by Leslie Dawson by Keri Wyatt Kent, oneLifemaps Facilitator It used to be, when people would ask, “How are you?” we’d often answer by saying, “Fine.” Even if we were not fine, we’d say we were, to be polite, I suppose. These days, when people ask, “How are you?” the standard answer has changed. We say, “I’m so busy!” Even if we are not, we say we are. Why is that? Perhaps [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 July 22, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |0 Comments

Together We Drink This Cup

by Malinda Patterson There is something sacred in telling a story.  There is something especially sacred in telling one’s own story.  And it is an honor to be trusted with the story of another.  And so last week, our newly born community gathered around one another ten times to tell the stories of our lives. Frederick Buechner writes that “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.”  [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 17, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |2 Comments

Into the Garden

Photo by Baby QB by Kathleen Bolduc, author This morning I bring my Bible, journal, and cup of tea into the garden. A light mist hangs over the fields across the road, and I am surprised to see tender green shoots of corn forming rows where yesterday there was nothing but dirt. All around me, Dame’s Rocket thrusts purple and white spires toward the skies like holy hands reaching toward heaven. Boxwood shimmers [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 April 15, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Where is Your Bridge?

by Mark H. Crumpler, Pastor for Teaching and Spiritual Formation, Peachtree Presbyterian Church On March 11, 2005 Kevin Berthia had finally stopped thinking about taking his own life. On this day those thoughts and the mounting despair that came with them had reached a tipping point, pushing him to take action. Having climbed over the rail of the Golden Gate Bridge, Berthia stood perched on a narrow pipe high above the waters of the San [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 February 18, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

A Collection of Moments

by Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I can live with a greater awareness of God’s presence even in the very ordinary, mundane, moments of life. Frederick Buechner wrote, “The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God’s things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak — even [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 February 4, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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