God as a Woman in Labor

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 3, 2018

Recently I read a book by Lauren Winner, an ordained Episcopal priest and professor at Duke Divinity School. The book is entitled Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God. Winner begins by reminding us that all the ways we describe God are inadequate. God is beyond anything we could ever […]

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The Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 27, 2018

Today I would like to say a few words about the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. What urges me to say something is the recent grand jury report released in Pennsylvania. The 900 page document says that more than 300 “predator priests” in 6 of the 8 Catholic dioceses in the state have […]

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Learning to Love the Givens in Life

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 20, 2018

Poet Jean Murray Walker has written a poem entitled “Adam’s Choice.” In it, she imagines Adam seeing Eve for the first time. He is thrilled at the sight of her. But after a while, he begins to get annoyed with her. For example, he doesn’t like the name she gave the yak. And she “sings […]

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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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