Sunday Reflection: A Few Thoughts

The thing about reflections is that they can show multiple things simultaneously. With that being said here are a few thoughts.

People are made up of a body and a soul linked together. It takes both to create a human being. Everyone is created in the image of their creator/higher power. It is important to understand that the body and soul are linked.

People need love and understanding. Without those important things people can feel like they don’t matter. Just think about how the world can change when we give a damn about our family, friends, neighbors and people we haven’t met yet.

Someone once said what the world needs now is love. In all it’s wonderful forms.

Sunday Reflection – The Ukrainian Flock

As I went to church this morning I was in a safe place with no chaos. Today in Ukraine people were just trying to find a place to worship where they could do so in safety and peace. I am mindful of this fact and I should be more grateful. Who knows what Easter will be like for these people. It’s also OK for those folks to be pissed off at God for what is happening these days. All I know is that God is with them, no matter what.

Sunday Reflection: Water And Light

Light and water are two things that make life possible. They are also things that can cleanse our hearts and souls. Water can flood and end life. Too much light can blind and burn. It’s amazing how a candle can interrupt the darkness. Water can quench a thirst. We need light to bring forth the truth.

It’s water that can generate power to create artificial light. In my faith life is brought into existence by the light of the sun and the waters of Earth as spoken into existence by God. They are connected and essential to every living thing across the universe. May we be guardians of the light and stewards of the waters.

Let there be light. May water give life.

Sunday Reflection: Stewardship

Stewardship for many is a religious sort of word that might involve giving money to ones place of worship. I think of it as something universal in how we take care of what we have and where we spend our time and treasure. It’s overseeing and protecting something worth preserving.

What we are given is valuable and sharing those gifts can make things better for everyone. Where your money goes is a reflection of what is in your heart. No matter if you believe what you have received comes from a divine place or the sweat of one’s labor being a good steward is a wise thing to do.

Sunday Reflection: The Thing About Giving

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.

Sunday Reflection: Rest and Renewal

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.

Sunday Reflection: Redefining Love Of Country

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.

Sunday Reflection – Gathering

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.