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February 11, 2019

This week’s Fruit of the Vine includes a devotional reflection from Dorothy E. Barratt, who passed away in 2011. Dorothy helped build Silverton Friends Church, where she pastored with Charlotte Macy. Dorothy also served for years at George Fox Press, which is now part of Barclay Press. In this morning’s focus on Psalm 104, Dorothy writes about settling down at a table with her Bible and a copy of Fruit of the Vine: “Before starting my devotions, I looked out the window and got caught up in what I saw. The ocean was wild and noisy. I watched as the waves built up, burst, and rumbled over the shore every few seconds. They looked out of control.”


But Dorothy remembered what the psalmist writes of the waters:

“You set a boundary they cannot cross;
    never again will they cover the earth” (Psalm 104:9).

Then Dorothy looked up, and “there on a ledge under the overhang of the roof, I saw a small bird’s nest. I looked more closely and saw a mother swallow fly to the nest and begin feeding the hungry babies. I could see their wide-open beaks over the edge of the nest, waiting while the mother flew in and out of the storm bringing them choice morsels.”

The same God who “set the earth on its foundations” (Psalm 104:5), remembers the baby birds.

God is both powerful and compassionate, Dorothy writes. “There are times in our weakness when we sense the need of a powerful God. We lean on God’s strength.... But there are also times when we need the understanding and comfort of a compassionate God, and God is there.”


I’m praying that you might know God’s power and experience God’s compassion today.

Eric Muhr





 
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February 4, 2019

In May of last year, I introduced the seeds of hope capital campaign with some words from Quaker luminaries about that seed of hope that lies at the center of what it means to be a Friend.

  • Robert Barclay wrote that “a divine, spiritual, and supernatural light is in all men.”
  • Isaac Penington claimed that this seed was placed in each of us by God as a witness that might “spring up and remain” in us.
  • Elizabeth Fry admitted that she didn’t understand “words of doctrine,” but “one thing I do know, – that Christ is in me ... that ever blessed power.”
  • Stephen Grellet confessed that he was surprised to “find in me what I had so long sought for without me” – Jesus Christ, that “divine presence.”
I pointed out that the work of Barclay Press – as a Christian publisher in the Friends tradition – is to serve as a seed vault. To capture the essence of these seeds of hope, to preserve it in the words of Friends both present and past, and to share those words – in pamphlets, devotional readers, curriculum, trade books, ebooks, and booklets. Barclay Press is a Quaker non-profit, and the work of publishing and distribution is our ministry.

Today, I want to report on how we’re doing.

My seeds of hope dream is to raise a total of $162,000 by December 31, 2020. Gifts of $52,000 from 82 donors puts us 32 percent of the way toward our goal. Here’s how you can help us continue to make progress:
  • A one-time or monthly donation – just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com or mail us a check at 211 N Meridian St, #101, Newberg, Oregon 97132.
  • Talk to your church or monthly meeting about making support for Barclay Press a regular part of your budget.
  • Pray for Barclay Press and for the work that we do.

Thank you!
Eric Muhr





 
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January 28, 2019

On a Monday morning more than two years ago, I shared a poem I’d read. It was my second time through Nancy Thomas’s collection, Close to the Ground, and I’d stopped at the end of the first page to re-read the first poem. That’s when I realized I was doing exactly the same thing I’d done the last time I read Nancy’s book. And this morning, I did it again – opened Nancy’s book, read the first poem on the first page, and then read it over a second time (which might actually be my sixth).

It spoke to me the same way it did back in 2016, so I thought I might share it here, thinking it might be, not just for me, but for us.

 



Morning Watch

William Stafford, that kind poet,
once told me how he got up
at 4:00 every morning
to sit in the quiet and wait for a poem.
It always came. Stafford filled notebooks
with the fruit of his attention and freely
shared it with the world. I’m grateful
to have been included in that world.
So here am I, sitting in my own
quiet spot by a window. The morning
grows light before me. Trees emerge
and the far hills. Like Stafford,
I’m waiting. Waiting.

 



I’m not sure how these words feel to you. And I don’t know exactly what they might mean for Nancy, either. But for me, this morning, Nancy’s words feel like worship.

So I’m sitting with Nancy’s words as the morning grows light before me.

I’m paying attention to my breath. I’m listening for what God might have for me today. I’m waiting.

Eric Muhr


Seeds of hope is the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press so we can continue to do the work of developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget. As of this morning, we’ve received $1,600 toward our 2019 goal of $56,000. Your support in 2018 totaled just over $50,000!





 
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