Finding God in your Daily Life

Let’s see, we have celebrated Lent, Easter, and presently, we are in the season of Pentecost. It’s about halfway to Advent and Christmas. Today is bright, sunny, and muggy. School is almost out and if you are out of school you are ready for some down time. Everyone it seems is ready for a break, … Continue reading

Let God Shine Through You in Prayer

When do you pray? Do you pray when you are anxious about something that arises in life? Do you say your prayers when you feel that you have been blessed and are especially thankful? I find myself reading to pray many times throughout the day. Lately, I have been saying my prayers very early in … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: Feel the Love

I have this song that has been ringing out in my head this morning. They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love…” I remember learning the song while in college at a Faith Alive event at the Church of Ascension in Pittsburgh. Maybe the song is there because I have a task … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: Trust God day by day

Here we are in March and I am looking back to one of the resolutions I made for 2015. I was going to lose some weight. Guess what, I am doing it , but I do miss those double cheeseburgers with fries for lunch. I still have a way to go and I doubt I’ll get … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: Listening to God

Two men are having a conversation over coffee. One said: “I’m concerned about my wife. She talks to herself a lot these days.” The other man chimes in, “Mine does too, but she doesn’t know it, she thinks I’m listening.” I listen when Donna speaks as she is a wise woman. We all need to … Continue reading

Slow Down!

In several weeks we will move to the more somber season of Lent. And Lent is a rushing journey toward Easter. In the journey we will retell our sacred stories and recall our history and traditions. Hopefully, all of this, if we take the time, will renew us as we journey as a people of … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: It isn’t Easy Being the Church

Lyla, our grand-daughter, often visits and enjoys a meal with us. After the meal I will ask her to help with the dishes and playfully tell her that she has to work for her meal. She takes great delight in helping and now I don’t even have to ask as she rushes to assist. I know it won’t be long until the allure will fade away. It happens to … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: How we communicate about the church

We had just sat down to supper when the phone rang. I should have ignored it but I picked it up. “Is this you, Charles,.” And then, “How’s everything at home tonight, doing all right?” I had been suckered into thinking someone actually knew me and cared how we were doing. I tried being polite even as my meal grew cold. I tried the … Continue reading

Moving Through Advent to Christmas

Hopefully, you are not feeling overwhelmed this early but I am guessing that as the weeks pass by you will be feeling the busyness that surrounds us at this time of year. So, I encourage you to begin a practice of quiet reflection now. I ask that each of us look to the coming Christ Child as a clear way to walk beside God in engaging … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: The Arrival of Real Joy

We are entering what some people consider to be the most joyful time of the year. No, it’s not the snowmobilers who are delighted with the white stuff that is falling from the sky. Many people believe that the time approaching Christmas is the most joyful time of the year. If you haven’t already heard you soon will hear that popular song telling us that … Continue reading