My Faith Posts

I hope you aren’t offended or put-off by my posts on faith. My goal is to share my faith without tearing anyone else’s down. This blog is not about Bible-thumping either. Religion is a part of who I am and plays a “character” in my blogging. Thank you for your understanding. Grace and peace to you.

I See My Creator

I see my creator in the Eucharist, the bread and wine, the body and blood and homily of my priest at my parish. I see it in the actions of people who show kindness and inclusion of all people regardless of race, creed, gender and orientation. Christ is revealed to those who show who he is not by words but by deeds. God is continuing to write his story and he is alive and well in his creation. The God I love opens His arms like is son did in his death. Through that opens the doors to eternity. Today I say to you my friends The Lord Be With You…always.

(To my friends of other faiths and traditions I affirm what you believe because to do so affirms what I believe)

Earth My Body

This is from my friend David Ensley who is a Unitarian Universalist music director in Oak Ridge, TN.

Druid in the Hills

earthmybodyIt’s been an interesting week. Last Sunday morning, I woke up not feeling well. I got up, got ready, and headed out to the Unitarian Universalist church where I direct music. By the time the service started, I really didn’t feel well. By the end of the service, I realized a trip to the ER was no longer optional. Turns out I had a wound on my foot that looked healed, but was in fact concealing an abscess, and needed surgery. Fortunately, the infection was superficial, and had not gotten into the underlying tissue or bone.

Fast forward to Tuesday. I was still in the hospital, hooked up to multiple IVs that were feeding fluids and antibiotics into my bloodstream. Though I had felt pretty good Monday, I now felt completely out of sorts, sick, and very tired, and the doctor’s visit did nothing to ease my mind.

Two things…

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Honoring Saint (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta

Today at the Vatican, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta as the newest Saint of the Catholic Church. Her charitable works have been noted in history and she made her community and the world a better place. Her life was focused on helping the poor and needy which has inspired many to do the same.

At church this morning my Sunday school class said this prayer that is attributed to her.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see,
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

 

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