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.
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.
In days like we are all going through coming together in community is important. Also being sure we take care of business so that the world keeps turning. There can be a balance in where taking care of one another can mean providing for our loved ones and making sure we are making things happen.
Being responsible for what we have been given is being good stewards. Everyone has a role to play in keeping things going. Multiplying is always better than dividing unless dividing means sharing the load. Making one turn into two. Two into four and so on and so on. There is magic in that sort of thing.
Supporting one another is a good thing. Bringing people to the table is great. Creating moments that can sustain and maintain is awesome. Continue to do good things because we need more good, now more than ever.
Keeping things going is good for everyone and being creative in how you do it is a bonus. Don’t you agree?
The 2020 Election
The past week has been a time of waiting. A lot of waiting. Patience has been tested and for many rewarded. In a world of instant gratification where everyone expects to know things at the click of a mouse it can be challenging to just be still and wait for things.
Election 2020 in America has been taxing on everyone. Since the Summer the people waited to have their say. Some minds were made up for a long time while others made a judgement call in the last minute. Over 140,000,000 people had their say and that is a very healthy number if you ask me. It means they cared enough to brave COVID and to make a statement.
Now there is a new day dawning in America. We have to see how it goes from here on out. Now the work begins to make things happen for all of us.
Some Rambling Thoughts
Being prepared for something means having to go into the darkness and to find the power to light up your life. Strange as it may seem you have to be persistent when people won’t give you a hand. It’s never easy to step out because you are afraid you will miss out on something special. Hopefully you have a crew that will have your back and will be sure you can get back in. Being prepared is still the best thing to do.
Before I am an American or anything else that describes who Tony is, I am a Saint. Not a New Orleans Saint but a human Saint who has hitched his life into trying to be a little like Jesus and trying to be kind in the process.
To me that is the pursuit that seems to be the most open to loving my neighbor as myself. It gives me power to love and care and to be the person I most want to be. Granted I am not perfect and you will see me stumble and fall and not represent Jesus very well at times but it’s something I try to do in how I relate to the world and others. Also I am very human and yes I am going to be who I am in the understanding that I am alright with my creator.
I am also a bit of a universalist in that I think there is a bigger tent for people in the family of God than many who are also on team Jesus would like to believe. A God who created the universe is certainly one who can do more than we would like to believe.
Now being a person of faith can be a challenge but its one that is worth doing. From that place of belief I can see the world not from a place of condemnation but a place of love, grace, peace, mercy and forgiveness. Granted mercy and forgiveness is really hard sometimes and for some it will take a lot to get over being wronged.
Being a Saint also means being a role model and showing the way for those who need an example in how to do this whole faith thing. Sainthood comes with responsibilities and it can have its perks too.
So this is who I am from my faith perspective and I hope whatever faith situation you have that you find comfort, clarity, peace and love in whatever makes you feel whole and in communion with your higher power.