CHAPLAIN SAYS ON SUNDAY
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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: “Life” https://youtu.be/mWZ6b_I-Djg

Happy Sunday to you, good morning. I hope you are well. We all have a struggle, we all have needs, and we all have a purpose.

It is my hope, my thought, and my prayer that while you work your way through these links, words, and messages you are fed AND that you, in turn, share that fullness with someone else.

OPENING WORDS
May we be reminded here of our highest aspirations, and inspired to bring our gifts of love and service to the altar of humanity.
May we know once again that we are not isolated beings but connected, in mystery and miracle, to the universe, to this community and to each other. (Annon)

MESSAGE
“A pastor’s wife was preparing pancakes for her young sons. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their Mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.” The oldest boy turned to his younger brother and said, “You be Jesus.”

What did you think of the first video? I think it is true of how most of us approach and live life. When we walk along we get though the tough times, often, by just moving forward without stopping and thinking about how else we can move
forward.

What is a different perspective? What is a different solution. Famed motivational speaker Tony Robbins talks about people in the Crazy 8 pattern of life, that will not end until we specifically make a change in how and what we do. Jobs. Family. Friends.

Community. Animals. Addictions. Politics. Religion. Life. Many of us have had our own Crazy 8 patterns that often held us captive or prisoners in our own realities.

I say often, we are better together, it takes a village, and that if you can’t help someone, at least bring them no harm. And I do believe in those words o their very core.

AND if each of us is not willing to risk looking at life in new perspectives, and stop and try and understand the other, not only will we not grow, or learn, we will not succeed at being a community, a village, a friend, and at very least we will not be the person who helps share peace, love, and compassion in this world.

MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading: “Spirit of Life” https://youtu.be/EcFZ32EHexY

READING
“We build on foundations that we did not lay.
We warm ourselves at fires that we did not light.
We sit in the shade of trees that we did not plant.
We drink from wells that we did not dig.
We profit from person we do not know.
We are ever bound in community” (Rev. Peter Raible)
We are connected in many ways, us humans.
We are interdependent on one another, us humans.
Our lives intersect more often in life then we stop to think about.
We are better together more often than we say.

BENEDICTION
It is okay to go beyond tolerance and seek understanding for those who may not eat the same foods you do, or eat food the same way as you do. Make room for your neighbor (next door, co-worker, stranger, the one without a home…)

You will never know what the other person has gone through, what they are going through, or what they will go through tomorrow. We ALL have a struggle.
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!

2017-11-12T08:53:39+00:00