Holiness in our Midst: Session 124

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Story Circle Prompt: As the New Year begins, what is “one sure thing” in your life that you can build on?

This question challenges us to look beyond the uncertainty that clouds the horizon as we enter 2023. What is foundational enough to counter fears such as climate change and political unrest?

One sure thing for me is my support force, my local safety net: the medical team that helped me survive through and thrive after cancer; my church family at First Christian Church in Ames; my Prairiefire spiritual formation class and spiritual director; my quirky work community, and my long-standing friendships. 

Taken together, my circle of support enables me to try new things, take personal risks, and dare to dream, even though I am entering my final years.

What is “one sure thing” for you?


  1. Read the above reflection. In your journal, answer the following: What is “one sure thing” I can count on? What relationships can I depend on?


 1.   Read aloud Session CXXIV.

  2.   Ask each person to answer the Story Circle Prompt.

Holiness in Our Midst: Sharing Our Stories to Encourage and Heal is a monthly on-line feature created by Janis Pyle to facilitate sharing of our personal experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and spiritual practices with one another, especially through stories. Barriers are broken down when we begin to see all persons, even those with whom we disagree ideologically, as sacred and constantly attended to by a loving Creator. Each column is accompanied by a “story circle” prompt and study guides for personal and group reflection. To share your stories, contact Hannah Button-Harrison at communications@nplains.org. Janis Pyle can be reached at janispyle@yahoo.com

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