Religion and knowledge can work together to bring meaning to our lives. There shouldn’t be an adversarial relationship here. The more you know about your faith and the mechanics of the world can only make you a better person. It’s important to know that ones higher power has a lot to do with the chaos of creation.
This is inspired by the eulogy of a funeral I went to today.
To all my friends celebrating this holy day I wish you grace, peace, love and light. Have a great 8 days of fun and faith. Chag Sameach!
Water is something that cleanses and renews. From water life begins anew. Baptism in water can bring people to a relationship with God. I find peace in water in a place like my parish. Water is holy.
Tonight I went to a gathering of folks who once belonged to the same church. We all have a shared experience in that place where we once worshiped and had fellowship. Church is a place of spiritual expression and faith so when one must leave a place of worship there are reasons why and that sometimes you have to change. I have done this more than on one occasion in my life and its never easy.
Sometimes you leave because of theological or philosophical reasons, those are tough. Leaving means you have to relocate because of life’s calling to live and work in another community. Some churches will hold homecoming observances that brings former members back for a special worship service. I haven’t been to one in quite some time. Reuniting is good when there is friendship and camaraderie outside the walls of the church house. In tonight’s gathering there was good food, conversation and more.
Leaving means finding yourself in a place where you can find yourself.
These three words are displayed at my chiropractor’s office and it got me to think about their meanings.
Patience…Good things come to those who wait. What we want isn’t always in our timing or control. Being a patient person isn’t easy but its necessary.
Live…We have to live every moment we can. Living is a risk, it’s dangerous and its worth it to keep on going no matter what adversity we face.
Faith…This is the hardest one because it calls on us believe in something. I think having faith in God, your neighbor, the universe what have you means having to hold close to something you can’t always see.
So my friends have Patience to live in faith.
To riff on a post I saw earlier today by a very smart, devoted follower of God how can the same people I went to church with and heard the same stories of exile, escape and finding their way to a promised land find problem with families trying to do their own exile and escape from a problematic situation in their homelands. It breaks my heart to hear these people being called derogatory names and people calling for harm to come to them. God commands his people to love one another as they love him. Love thy neighbor as themselves. We live in a world where people are trying to find peace and in many places you cannot find it.
I am grateful for the faith tradition that came before where people practiced radical hospitality as Jesus and his disciples were shown during his Earthly ministry. My choice to follow the example of God is the path that I hope many will find their way to. These people are scared, they seek hope, their children are facing uncertain futures. When it comes down to it if you take away the borders and Earthly nationalities and tribes we are all of one human family with the same heart, brain, bones and blood. Let’s not shed that precious blood in the search for peace. I pray to Mary and Joseph both exiles for their intercession for these people.
The Holy Dream Team of Bishop Michael Curry and Fr. James Martin talking about the immigration situation in Texas. They also speak to other issues of faith in The #Episcopal and #Catholic Churches.
Pentecost is the beginning of the church year in many Christian traditions. This morning at St. Peter’s Episcopal celebrated the descending of The Holy Spirit coming down to establish the church.