CHAPLAIN SAYS ON SUNDAY

Good morning! Happy Sunday! For those shut in, not connected, or simply in need a moment of peace, love, and compassion…

VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading: Marc Mero “Mom” https://youtu.be/7EyniGvsVg8

Good morning to you. I hope you are well. It is my hope, thought, and prayer that you find something that feeds you on this page. Reconciliation is a word that has broader meaning than just religious, or faith based implications. Today’s words and message seems to be about examining who we are, where we are at, and those around us. We all have a struggle!

OPENING WORDS
Come into the place of peace and let its silence heal your spirit: Come into the place of memory and let its history warm your soul; Come into this place of prophecy and power and let its vision change your heart. Blessed Be. (William Schulz)

MESSAGE
“One Easter Sunday morning as the pastor was preaching a children’s sermon, he reached into his bag of props and pulled out an egg. He pointed at the egg and asked the children, “What’s in here?” “I know, I know!” a little boy exclaimed, “panty hose!”

Where you able to make it through the opening video with dry eyes? I didn’t. Marc shares a great reminder of how important people are to us. AND if “IT” is important, we will make it happen. No matter what it is.

The Rev. Troy Perry who founded the MCC Churches, said “Keeping the most important thing, the most important thing; IS the most important thing.”

In life we will have all challenges. We will not get it right. We will make mistakes. We will have to relearn some lessons many times. Sometimes we will through people under the bus to save ourselves, and other times we will be thrown away for being given too many chances.

Is that what life and people is about? Keeping score on each other’s mistakes, and chances, I sure hope not.

Who we hang around does inform us about where we are, and it may certainly predict where we are going!

Our family (given and or chose, whichever fits for you) should consist of those who lift us up in good times and bad, when we get it right, or they get it wrong. It is about being there for each other, even in face of being upset, disagreement, or disappointment.

I have never met anyone that has lived such a “pure” life that they should live in a glass house. And certainly, I have not met anyone who should be given the honor to throw a stone! Judges, pastors, moms, dads, siblings, friends, teachers, we ALL make mistakes, get it wrong, break the law, sin, (whatever you want to label it.)

What do we learn when that happens?
Who we do we turn to when we do?
Who are we always with when it happens?
What will we do differently?

Churches do not have the corner market on community, and they are good place
for many people!

Who is your community? Who is your family? What do you do for them? How do they help you? Surround yourself with people who help you be
your best selves.

MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue: “Home” https://youtu.be/HoRkntoHkIE

READING
Hold on to what is good
even if it is
a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe
even if it is
a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do
even if it is
a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when
it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when
I have gone away from you.
-Nancy Wood

BENEDICTION
It is okay to go beyond tolerance and seek understanding for those who may not
dance like you, if they dance at all. For those who may not eat the same way or
the same foods as you.
No matter who you are, where you are from, who you love, what you believe, or
don’t believe; you are beautiful, loved, and worthy just as you are. May peace,
love, and compassion be with you, and from you.

As we encounter the many “others” in our world this coming week, share compassion with them without stopping to inquire if they are worthy or not. If you strive to do that this week, I will too!

To gather in a small sacred group, visit: https://www.inclusivelife.org/fellowship

2017-11-05T19:39:01+00:00