from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Good morning everyone.  I hope this message finds you doing well, and happy.  I share a message each Sunday, I hope you find something in the words, your own thought, the music, or the images that bring you a moment of peace.

If you feel called, I invited you to light a candle, or find an object that is meaningful to you to hold, or have with you.  And find a spot that you can focus on sharing just a few short minutes with these words, images and videos.

VIDEO…  Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading: “Are You Hungry?”

Blessed is the fire that burns deep in the soul. It is the flame of the human spirit touched into being by the mystery of life. It is the fire of reason; the fire of compassion; the fire of community; the fire of justice; the fire of faith. It is the fire of love burning deep in the human heart; the divine glow in every life.
-Eric A Heller-Wagner

“When my husband, James Rowles, was in the seminary, he was invited to preach at a small rural church. However, the man who was to introduce him to the congregation had trouble pronouncing his name. So James offered this verbal clue: “Remember rolls, like hot buttered rolls.”  It worked. When it came time 
for the introduction, the man announced, “We are pleased to have with us the Reverend James Biscuits.”

Our opening video was about hunger.  What are you hungry for?  I loved the words “if you do what is easy, your life will be hard.  If you do what is hard, your life will be easy.”  I think, sometimes, that can be true.  When we stay in our comfort zone, if we do what is easy, if we always do what we have always done, we will always have what we got.

I do believe we are our most powerful when we are living, experiencing, doing life outside of box, a zone, or our routines.  It is when we are learning the most that we grow the most.  It is when we expand our limits that we can reach other understandings that have been beyond our reach.

When I was sentenced to a 120 day shock therapy program instead of getting probation, I knew I was in for 120 days of unhappiness, isolation, and just plan hell.  I didn’t know how hungry I was then, and that it would take me another 5-10 years to process what I learned in those 120 days.

Those 120 days I lost 25 pounds because I exercised.  I led bible study groups because others could not read or knew how (I didn’t know how but I did it anyway.)  I connected to people I considered the other: murderers, sex offenders, bullies.  I taught school.  And I learned the most about myself in those 120 days.  It was a period for me to reset.

What are we doing with our life right now?  Is what we are doing speaking to our legacy?  Think about that dash between your sunrise and sunset, will you be proud of what others will say about all that you did between those dates?

No we don’t get it right all the time.  Yes we will make mistakes.  No, not everyone will be a fan of what we say, or how we do it.  And that is okay!  What matters is that you did the best you could, with what you had, especially when no one was looking or paying attention!

I challenge you to find out what you are hungry for.  Make it happen.  One small step at time.  It does not have to be achieved tomorrow or in 2 years.  You will determine when you can get it done.  Just do it!  Maybe you have several small things to do, or maybe it is one really big thing that will take years.  Do it.  Do it anyway.  Never give up.

MUSIC VIDEO…  Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading.  Sia’s “Never Give Up”


It’s not about the ghosts or the demons
The heartbreaks and rejections
It’s about the happiness and contentment
Not minding what you’ve imperfected
What you’re scared of doesn’t matter
As long as you know that you’ll be better
Head up, stay strong
and never give it up all
-Beauteous Beast

Our world is hungry for peace, compassion, justice, equity, and yes, love.  Many people are ready to join hands and gather in strength as we build villages and communities that become states and nations.  This, this is why we exist: to help feed others that are hungry, so they too, can help feed others who are hungry.

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.  May peace, love, and compassion be with you, and importantly, from you!

-Chaplain Royal


Never Give Up

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