The act of giving is a very human act. It does not always require a huge sacrifice. Small gifts and acts from many can add up and make big things happen. Yes, we live in a time when our ability to give is tapped out. We are fatigued and weary. It’s OK to feel that way.
Giving has unique ways of presenting itself and when you least expect it you have made a impact in someone’s life.
When you feel as if you can’t do any more know that what you have done is enough. The wonderful thing about gifts is that they can multiply and impact many lives. Fish and loaves of bread come to mind. Gifts can take the form of time, talents, treasure and so much more.
Giving can be a gift to the giver and receiver. May we all find a little more to give when we have the chance.
Our lives are so scheduled, so busy, so fast. We need to spend more time in rest and renewal. Think about how this world has been moving over the past 100 or more years. So many people have run out of steam and it’s crushing their spirits. It’s good to be still and silent. Quiet is your friend.
Don’t let your lives be consumed until there is nothing left. Be good to yourselves and learn that your life doesn’t have to be spent constantly in motion. Slow it down good people.
Now is the time that the act loving your country be redefined. It is easy to wave a flag, go to a cookout, wear national colors. What is more difficult is to serve your fellow citizens, respect your neighbors for who they are and care about their well being as you do your own. It’s more than going to war it also means striving for peace in ones own communities.
Putting in the work to make your country the best it can be tough but through some sweat and sacrifice much can be accomplished. Nothing worth doing can be done with catch phrases and slogans. It requires a lot of dedication and so much more.
All these things can be applied just about anywhere in the world. None of this means being a nationalist because there is a larger global community in which each of us belongs to. No country or its citizens can truly go it alone.
You may have your independence, but you are still dependent on one another. Freedom’s bell cannot ring unless life, liberty, and happiness is guaranteed for all, no matter what.
Gathering at a table with gladness, joy and thanksgiving is a wonderful thing. May those tables be big and welcoming to everyone. In these times we all need to feel we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. As we gather forgive as you are forgiven. Let us all feast on the food and drink that nourishes us richly in mind, body and spirit. Grace and peace to each of you my friends.
Forces in your life will destroy you. Well not kill you but shape you in such a way that changes you for the better. Everyone is being destroyed by something that is making you who you were meant to be. Those are things that impact your whole life and everything that makes you the person you are.
Good destruction means allowing yourself to be transformed into someone better and to come into good forces that will show you a new way forward. Love is a good force that destroys and builds back better.
Your identity is being formed as you go through this life and hopefully, good things are influencing you. It’s incredible how a wrecking ball can take away the things that are doing bad stuff in your life. What is that thing that is making you that person you are supposed to be?
I miss serving on Sundays at Church as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. Due to COVID-19 my parish, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is meeting outdoors and taking precautions to keep our members safe. This means communion, which is served in two-parts, bread and wine that is the body and blood of Christ we are only serving the bread which is safer to serve. (I would normally serve the wine which comes from a chalice which is a common cup everyone drinks from by a very ancient tradition).
Much has changed in how we live our daily lives. Everything seems different and it’s challenging to all of us to adapt and adjust. For me my faith has helped out with that. Other folks are finding comfort in their own ways. My hope is for a future where we can return to the ordinary but the normal will be redefined.
Service on Sunday is important to me but keeping my family, friends and strangers safe and well is so much more important. God calls that being good to my neighbors and myself.
The story of my faith features a baby who came into the world to change it as a grownup. So with that being said little things have great power to impact the lives of us all. I can’t help but think that humility, kindness, peace, and grace are little things on their own but together they can make a difference. If everyone did their part we would live in a world that would be so much better than what we live in now. Truly it’s the little things that count the most. I find genuine actions don’t come from grand gestures but from those good deeds done daily where we see the most beautiful. Seek those opportunities to do what you can when you can as much as you can.
Just a reminder that Christmas is a wonderful season, not just one day. The journey is more fun than the destination.
Good news is hard to come by these days. So when you see it, you have to just need to take it and be grateful for something going right for a change. I think it takes people to point to that good news so that we can be blessed by it because we need it so much.
Whether it be a person on the street or a journalist or a good friend we need to pay attention to those who want to share good tidings of comfort and joy (like the Christmas reference there). Whether that source of goodness comes from acts of kindness, the divine, or a good samaritan we need to be inspired to act ourselves in doing things that make the world better.
Start spreading the news that can lift others up and make your existence easier to deal with. Point to the good and maybe others who are doing good will point back to you.