Faith Comes With Joy and Pain

Life is about joy and pain even when you have faith in a higher power. Easy times come with difficult times. Faith helps you deal with it all. I am sure other things can too like community and family. I can say that my faith has helped me be a better person and to love more. Everyone has something that can get them through this very tough thing called living in reality.

Sunday Reflection: Where Are You Finding Peace?

My goodness its a wild and crazy world we are in. I can speak from experience the USA is full of chaos right now. Just go on the blogosphere or social media where people are bearing witness to how things are where they live. The year 2020 has been a time unlike any other in history where a whole lot of things are going down.

The question is where does one go to find some peace? You know to get away from the calamity of things. My priest posed the question about finding peace in your life this morning and in a Zoom meeting the answers were very personal and unique.

Some go into nature, some read, some will retreat to a favorite place if possible. There is a spiritual component where some will find prayer and meditation comforting. Worship or group gatherings can be helpful too. Being in tune with ones higher power can help calm the mind and soul. Yoga and other practices can benefit the mind and body simultaneously.

It’s true that people are overstimulated and overexposed to bad news and finding peace from that means turning off the TV and getting away from devices (yes that is hard for me to do).

Finding peace can be a simple thing if you let it. Getting out of your headspace and allowing your physical body to relax can help one unwind. Self care is important whatever that looks like to you.

Peace like a river, peace from turmoil, peace from the demands of life and peace that surpasses understanding, nirvana wherever one can find quiet for a time might help solve a lot of problems in the world. Being intentional about it is the key.

Peace to you all my dear friends.

My Heart Is Troubled And It’s OK

Let your heart not be troubled is something I hear from the scripture of my faith. However I have to admit right now my heart is troubled. With all that is happening in the world I cannot help it. So much is going on that gives me concern. There are lots of situations that give us great concern.

There are times that its easier to not let my heart and soul be troubled. In these days I am trying to keep the faith but its easier said than done. No matter ones faith there will be days of calm and days of chaos.

Just because my heart is troubled doesn’t mean I have a lack of resolve and confidence in my higher power. It’s very human to feel unsure when things like a pandemic is going on. Everything has turned upside down and no one knows when things will be safe again.

My heart is also troubled about racism when an African American is gunned down in a neighborhood or on the streets, LGBTQ people are discriminated against, transgender people are murdered just for wanting to live their truth, poor people are having to figure out where their next meal comes from, unemployed people are missing paychecks and benefits that keep them going. Death of loved ones who you thought would be with you forever. There are so many more things to be troubled about too that the list would go on and on.

Having a troubled heart is a very human thing. It’s appropriate in times like this to comfort one another as best we can given the era of social distancing. My friends let your heart be troubled but also let your heart have courage too. You can have both which is a very human experience.

Thanks to Deacon John for your homily this morning which inspired this post.

Science And Faith, A Post From Three Years Ago

I believe science and faith can live together. Many people of faith have practiced science and medicine as a devotion to their creator fulfilling a calling to make the world a better place. Just because you are of science does not mean you are against religion and vice versa. Being good stewards of creation and managing its resources requires a good scientific mind that uses the gifts that God gave.

I posted this three years ago today and its still very much true.

Holy Saturday Reflections

Tomorrow Christians celebrate an empty tomb and their houses of worship should be empty too. Jesus said to love thy neighbor and staying home is one of those ways you can do that.

May humanity, kindness, love, peace, inclusion, patience, peace, kindness, and acceptance be resurrected on Easter.

However you may or may-not celebrate Easter may it be a time when your family can come together and be whole and renewed. May you find your spirit reborn and that life has new meaning.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday for many in Jesus’ fandom is very different this year. It’s happening without the fanfare of the palms and other ceremonial trappings. Maybe it’s helping those who celebrate be more intentional and introspective. Thinking more about the event and what it means. Jesus came into Jerusalem with a humble heart knowing what awaited him. His journey would be one of the most important road trips in history.

Ash Wednesday: Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return #AshWednesday #Lent #Episcopal #Anglican

Ash Wednesday Service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants. Today also begins the season of Lent where observants give up something or take something on.