from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, November 19, 2017

It is Sunday, and I am glad you are joining us for words, music, and images. I share this message each 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: “Compassion”

No matter who you are, where you are from, who you love, what you believe or don’t believe, you have struggles in your life. We all do! It is my hope, my thought, and my prayer that while you work your way through these links, words, and messages you find something that feeds you and allows you to feed others in return.

Let us all give thanks for the gifts of this day, our connection to others, for our communities, and our connection to Mother Earth. As we gather in this moment, let our light meet, let them merge, and let them light our heart and souls.

“For a pastor’s 50th birthday, the congregation bought him a new suit. He was so touched by the gift, and the following Sunday he stood before everyone with tears in his eyes and announced, “Today I am preaching to you in my birthday suit.”

It has been said compassion may include the awareness of how we connect, and depend on others. We build on foundations we did not lay. We warm ourselves at fires we did not light. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. We drink from wells we did not dig. We profit from persons we do not know. We are forever bound together.

The word compassion can be read on social media, the newspapers, and can be seen in many memes. What does compassion mean? What does compassion mean to you? How do you practice it? Do you teach it? How did you learn it?

Perhaps compassion is when we remove ourselves from out comfort zone, when we step outside of the privilege we each have, to be helpful to someone who is hurting, or in need.

Compassion is not empathy, pity, or shared grief. Compassion is at it’s best when it is accompanied with boundaries, and when we practice it not just with others, but for ourselves as well.

Religious teachings remind us to love our neighbors as ourselves, to have non-anxious compassion, and to bring no harm to others. Compassion may include the ability to be mindful of our negative emotions, be kind to ourselves (and others), and the belief of the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

As we approach that time of giving, sharing, and often paying it forward, a good reminder for us all is that compassion is a gift you give, share, and pay forward that does not change the balance on your debit card, in your checking account, or your wallet.

MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading. I met Rev. Berry when she came to Omaha. What voice… she called me Big Red, as I was wearing a bright red button down shirt that night, and clapping in the Amen Section… ? “The Late, Rev. Delores Berry”

“I do not wish to breathe another breath if it is not shared with others. The breath of life is not mine alone.

I brought myself to be with you, hoping that by inhaling the compassion, the courage, the hope found here, I can exhale the fear, the selfishness, the separateness I keep so close to my skin.

I cannot live another moment, at least not one of joy, unless you and I find our oneness somewhere among each other, somewhere between the noise, somewhere within the silence of the next breath.” -Kristen L. Harper

There is too much hardship in this world to not find joy, every day
There is too much injustice in this world to not right the balance, every day
There is too much pain in this world to not heal, every day

Each of us ministers to a weary world.
Let us go forth now and do that which calls us to make this world
more loving, more compassionate and more filled with the grace of divine presence,
every day. – Darcy Roake

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.

-Chaplain Royal