Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE.

To all my friends who are celebrating may this be a time of light and love and family. Grace and peace.

Quote Of The Day

I’m not sure the human psyche developed to hold, feel and respond to everything coming at them right now; every tragedy, injustice, sorrow and natural disaster happening to every human across the entire planet, in real time every minute of every day. The human heart and spirit were developed to be able to hold, feel and respond to any tragedy, injustice, sorrow or natural disaster that was happening IN OUR VILLAGE

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber

Quote Of The Day

There are just some kind of men who—who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.

You are too young to understand it,” she said, “but sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of—oh, of your father.

Harper Lee from “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Sunday Reflection: Doing Good For Others

Some people need the care and comfort of others in times of need or distress. Whether it be sickness, incarceration, homelessness, and situations where people need assistance, we are all charged with acting. I believe that people have a connection that requires us to act on behalf of our higher power to give hope and grace.

In the season we are in, charity is needed more than ever but with COVID-19 added to the mix people need help even more. So much of what we are seeing is people losing their jobs, a change in the routines in life, and loss of life.

We must be about the work of making our world at this time the best it can be. It is not easy but when everyone comes together it can be something special.

My friends in this holiday season do not forget about others who need a hand. We have a responsibility to care for the least of these because when we do that we can make this mean world a better place.

Sunday Reflection: Saving Yourself, Saving Others #SundayReflection

Every person at some point needs saving from something that can mean bad news for them. How that rescue comes varies and is a very individual thing. We find ourselves in a storm that life sends our way, and we need shelter. It could mean you are in trouble and you need someone to bail you out.

For some their higher power is that source of help that can save them from calamity while other folks rely upon their community, friends, partners to help pull them out of certain destruction.

For me I have been gifted grace from my creator. Whereas others are gifted grace by other means. All of which are good. It’s that grace that provides comfort, security, love, and peace.

We all have situations that require a helping hand from somewhere to pull us out of dark places and spaces. It can be tough to ask for that help especially if you aren’t used to asking for it or there is a trust issue that prevents you from seeking that assistance.

My friends, I hope you will reach out and to be safe in your life’s circumstances. We are all in the boat of life together. Saving yourself sometimes means asking for someone to save you and vice versa.

Fear The Virus, It Can Save Your Life

My faith says “fear not” but when it comes to things that can harm you or threaten you then you must be smart, vigilant, and careful. Fear is healthy and can protect you from harm. Fear of the Coronavirus makes sense and can save your life. Fear the virus because there is not a cure or vaccine for it yet. Take care of yourself.