from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, December 31, 2017

It is Sunday, and it is also the last day of 2017. I hope however you celebrate the holidays, you include time to reflect on what you shared, learned, and did in 2017. I share this weekly message for all that need something to lift you, help you, or lighten your journey.

We are rich people, some even have money. We are runners, walkers, swimmers, and those that wish they did. We are people who sing out loud and proud, and some even sound good. We are people who are young, and young at heart.

You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up, just got out of jail, or just got lost, and found your way here by mistake. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope Francis, or haven’t gathered in a community for weeks, months or years.

We welcome you if you like sports, or don’t know the difference between a touchdown or homerun, starving artists, nature lovers, coffee drinkers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, If you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, or who have had religion shoved down your throat.

If you blew all your cash at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because you accidently found this post while searching the internet.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a hug, or prayer right now (or both), we welcome internet surfers, seekers, doubters, and we welcome you: just as you are!

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.

Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading:
“Advice To Yourself”

Come into this place of peace and let its silence heal your spirit; Come into this 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. (William F. Schulz)

One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited and wanted to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

And there sat our Rosie all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!

Charles Dickens said “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Each year so many people make an effort to create new life goals, think about changes they want to make for the next year, and are determined to do this or that… I think most of the time, no matter how will intended, they just don’t happen.

I challenge each of us to use time, more than a few minutes, to reflect deeply about your 2017. What did you do? What did you learn? How did you impact others? How did you grow? What made you happy? What made you sad? Where did you go? How did you do it?

It is important to reflect upon where we have been. What we have done. What fed us. I challenge you NOT to focus on what you screwed up, what you didn’t do, or how you failed. Yes, those things might have happened, AND there are many things that you can find thanks in, gratitude for, and happiness with.

If you focus on what’s wrong, your nearly always stay there. Focus on the things you did well, things that brought you happiness, things that brought you knowledge, things that brought you peace, things that brought you understanding.

If you think you can’t, you are right. If you think you can you are right. Think about that! You may not get what you want when you want it, you will get what you need, when you need it.

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others.
Feed yourself. Feed others.
Love yourself. Love others.
I need you. You need me. We are better together.
May 2018 bring everyone that which they need. And may we all be a people who strive to share more peace, more love, and more compassion.

MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue. Yolanda Adams. “I Believe I Can Fly”

“Out There In You” Aradenox

There are mountains and there are moons,
a foreign planet where no flower blooms.
There you paint the canvas with the same shade as that of your skin,
Somewhere in you there is a fire within.
There is sunlight, there is shade,
You lay in the dust for a decade.
There is death but no one kills,
your brimming heart aching to spill.
You spill and the it forms a sea,
You say “all this was within me?”

Be ye lamps unto yourselves; be your own confidence. Hold to the truth within yourselves as to the only lamp.

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

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