Dialogue with a Fire Hydrant

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 13, 2018

When I lead retreats, I encourage dialogue—dialogue with God, with the saints, with nature, and even with so-called inanimate beings. I believe everything has the capacity to be revelatory. Every person, tree, stone, or even man-made thing has wisdom to share with us. All we need to do to discover that wisdom is to slow […]

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“Gone Fishin'”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 6, 2018

Just a reminder: there is no new post for today. I’m giving myself a little break. My next post will be next Monday, August 13th. If you’re missing Sunflower Seeds too much, I suggest you go to “Search” on the lower right, type in a topic or a Monday date (including the year) and see […]

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Letter to a Friend

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 30, 2018

(Note: August 5, 2019 is National Friendship Day. With that in mind, I wrote this letter. I had several friends in mind when I wrote it. Maybe a friend or two of yours might come to mind as you read it.) Dear Friend, You are easy to love. What you are on the outside is […]

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“Antiques Roadshow”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 23, 2018

I am a big fan of Antiques Roadshow. The program, produced by WGBH Boston and shown on PBS, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. I thought that milestone was worthy of a post on my blog! So, here are a few interesting facts about the popular show. Antiques Roadshow originated on BBC in England in 1979. […]

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What Do You REALLY Value?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 16, 2018

Twenty-Third Publications has come out with a new book entitled Scripture Passages that Changed My Life. The editors asked ten regular contributors to the daily devotional, Living Faith, to pick one scripture passage that changed their lives and to explain how. (Truth in advertising: I wrote one of the chapters.) Before I continue, I would like to […]

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Praying for Refugees, Immigrants, and Ourselves

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 9, 2018

On Friday, June 29, an interfaith prayer-walk for immigrants and refugees was held in Painesville, Ohio, a few miles north of where I live.  Although I did not attend the event, I spoke with two friends who did. One shared the prayer handouts with me. First, the prayer-walk was organized by five different local faith […]

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Seeking God

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 2, 2018

If there’s one thing scripture tells us to do, it is this: Seek God! In Deuteronomy we read, “You shall seek the Lord, your God; and you shall indeed find him” (Deut. 4:29). Similarly, the psalms talk about seeking. “One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of […]

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Creation as Divine Revelation: 3 Poems

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 25, 2018

Some theologians have said that nature is our “first scriptures.” This means that long before the Bible was ever written, God was revealing God’s own self through the natural world. This “divine revelation” through creation continues today. Here are three little poems that celebrate God’s revelation through three simple experiences with nature: sunlight on water […]

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Four Short, Short Stories

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 18, 2018

It’s time for some short, short stories again. These true stories come from a variety of sources. #1 – “The Good-For-Nothing Glue” I found this story in Readers’ Digest. In the 1960s, Spencer Silver, a chemist in 3M’s research laboratories, was working with pressure sensitive adhesives. He developed an adhesive that did not stick very well. […]

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Our Rivers, Our Kin

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 11, 2018

When I was growing up on our small farm in northeast, Ohio we had a creek that ran through our back woods. As kids, we often played in and around it. We fished for crayfish there, waded in it, built log bridges over it, and simply enjoyed the sound the water made as it flowed […]

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