January 21st, 2018

from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, January 21st 2018

Omaha area folks, you are invited to join us on a 12-month journey of intentional listening, sharing, and growing in a small group, that will meet once each month. You will be asked to commit to attending each month, as it is about developing listening and sharing skills with a trusted group.

We will begin on Wednesday, March 14th, (the 2nd Wednesday of each month) at 6:00pm. Each meeting will last about 2 hours. It will last 12 months. This group will be facilitated by Cheryll Wallace!

The Sacred Circle uses the book “Heart to Heart” http://a.co/gRx541z (Amazon used and new $6-$14) which is the only cost relating to the class, each person will need their own book.

There are 5 spaces open! If you are committed to this class, please RSVP back to me and I will add your name. We will meet at the Inclusive Life Center at 4501 S. 96th Street (96th and J) Omaha.

Happy January 21st to you, and Happy Sunday! I know there sure is a lot of illness from coast to coast, flu, colds, sinus, I call it the crud! Please let’s make sure we are washing our hands MORE, covering our mouths when cough/sneeze, and stay hydrated! Each week I create this opportunity for you to pause for a moment to listen, and rest.

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:
Laughing with Ellen. https://youtu.be/80hcQJuo6NE

“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” Ellen DeGeneres.

A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” Annie replied, “Because people are sleeping”.

Good morning. Laughter. Laughter has been my very best friend since I was old enough to know what a friend was. I have use self-deprecating humor most all of my life. When I realized I could make people laugh at me, I felt connected, valued, appreciated, relevant, and loved. I felt alive!

Over the years, as my body shape changed, and I became bigger, I continued using self-deprecating humor. And it began to backfire. No longer did people laugh. No longer did people think I was funny. They finally said, we love you, and we don’t want you to make fun of yourself, we want you to be you… you are funny. It took a bit of time to readjust, and I did.

When I emcee events, speak, share messages, even during pastoral care, I like to make people laugh. When I write life stories for funerals, or stories of love for weddings I always make sure I have some lines that will make people laugh.

I agree with Ellen, and the research, that laughing is good medicine. It is good for the soul, good for the mind, and good for the body. We need more of it. When was the last time you had a good full on belly laugh that lasted more than 4-5 seconds?

Listen, I know that things, life, the world problems can bring us down a bit. I challenge each of us not to ignore reality, just don’t forget to embrace the goodness that is STILL before us all. There is a lot around us to make us laugh. Our family, our friends, our pets, animals, children, other people (have you seen what people do when they shop?) If in doubt, spend 5 minutes in YouTube and you will find some amazing things to make you laugh.

Two quotes that I want to share…

Erma Bombeck wrote “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” And the famous Milton Berle said “laughter is an instant vacation.”

Even in moments of stress, illness, difficulty, grief, frustration, allow your self to remember that humor and laughter are not illegal.


Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue. Mary Poppins “I love To Laugh” https://youtu.be/pOMqqI-kzHY

“In the middle of our porridge plates
There was a blue butterfly painted
And each morning we tried who should reach the
butterfly first.
Then the Grandmother said: “Do not eat the poor
That made us laugh.
Always she said it and always it started us laughing.
It seemed such a sweet little joke.
I was certain that one fine morning
The butterfly would fly out of our plates,
Laughing the teeniest laugh in the world,
And perch on the Grandmother’s lap.” Katherine Mansfield

I invoke our ancestors, I invoke that which has no name that connects us, I invoke all that is peace, love, and compassion. I ask that we all give thanks for what we have, and be aware of the gratitude that we should be aware of for such. I challenge each of us to share our light with others, share compassion for others, and share our laughter with others. In the many names we know… Blessed Be.

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