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Candle

November 5th Candle Video


Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat, Smell my feet, Give me something good to eat …


5th November:Remember…

Remember

MADV – Youtuber channel

What do you want the world to remember?

From 5th of November you are invited to post a video about what encompasses you as a person, what inspires you, what brings you hope, and most importantly those little things that you may have forgotten.

You may choose any topic, any idea, any person, event or place that you feel people need reminding of. You can use any style and any method (talking, writing, photos, metaphor) to get your message of remembrance across.

The aim of this project is to gather together people from all over the world on one unique day to celebrate the important things that we forget, and to remind each other of what we need to keep ideas alive.

Be creative, tell the world what you want them to remember.


Post yours now.


Remember, remember
Chin up,
MadV


Pastoral Ministry…

A Pastoral Letter to a friend…

I hope that all is going well in the field tonight. I wanted to share something with you that has struck me. On Wednesday night, one of the women in my Pastoral Ministry class approached me for the second time to ask me if I would consent to be her interview person for the same questionaire that I sent to you.

The first time she asked me a couple weeks ago, I hesitated for a moment and I thought to myself that I could not possibly be a viable minister to be interviewed I didn’t see what it was that made me very particular. But I sat in class on Wednesday night and I listened to the Monsignor talk, and we got to share with him our ideas for our research papers due on the same day our interviews are and the monsignor looked at me and said to me in front of my classmates that I have a significant ministry – working with my kids – that he wished that I would do something for some of the parents that he sees on a weekly basis. I was struck dumb.

Last night I sat and I prayed. And it seemed that I was praying in a different capacity than I have been. Something in me shifted. I returned to an article that the Monsignor gave us a couple weeks ago written by Loughlan Sofield S.T.M.A. called “Developing Christian Maturity in our Pluralistic Society. He writes about his mentor Jim Gill. And how much that man impacted him the four qualities in Mature Christians – generativity, compassion, integrity, and living life to the full.

The article goes on to talk about transmitting ones wisdom and skills to others, the gift of listening presence, compassion, integrity, life filled and life giving and one who has a deep relationship with God.  All this comes within the story of Jim Gill.

As I prayed I reflected on my life and ministry. Somehow I don’t call myself a minister, but just a man who does what is right and helps others where they need to be helped, its just really simple. But in my prayers last night I felt the hand of God come down and touch me and the voice simply said, “Yes that’s right, you feel it, don’t you?”

Now you know what it feels like to carry some of the weight. I almost wept because I realized that I serve God in everything I do with my kids and my fellows. And in reflecting on this article I have developed some form of Christian Maturity in my 41 years of life and it seems that someone wants me to sit with them and talk about my ministry. I am humbled … And thinking about it makes me want to weep.

I then sat with the same questions I sent you to answer and I prayed about how I would answer those questions myself. I felt an intense burden of integrity, honesty and humility. I have not used this portion of my spiritual self before so it is new, yet it is a comfortable place for me to be. I don’t know how else to put it.

Lately my prayers seem to reach into my soul from a new depth. I am feeling more than usual and I am somewhat emotional on other fronts lately. Not so much touchy, yet keenly aware of my feelings and emotions, and I don’t know why that is happening but it is. I guess God is working on the inside.

I thought that this insight was important in my spiritual journey to tell you about because God is moving in our lives in new ways. anyways, just a little ramble about me.

You are in my prayers.


Anonymity …

I had an unusual experience this morning and it has been bothering me all night long. I went to the hospital clinic and dropped my labs and took a seat in the exam room assigned to me. The nurse came in and took my vitals and to start my triage as usual.

She left the room and there was a knock on the door and a 4th year intern young lady walked in an introduced herself. With her was a woman. A woman I knew. From the Rooms. The first words out of my mouth were, and I didn’t think about it at that moment, I said to her “I Know You!” The intern looked at me quizzically and I said “yeah I know her from the rooms.” I had blown her anonymity. They did my workup and asked me some questions about my diet and my fasting routine. Then they left.

I was waiting for my doctor to come in and the Woman came back in and said to me “nobody knows that I am in the rooms. Let’s keep this between us!” The longer I sat there the more uneasy I felt. Because she returned again and started asking questions about the pills I was taking in my regimen and she was accusing me of not understanding what fasting meant. I was like What that Fuck!!!  She was wearing a lab coat and all, but what did I know – that she was a medical doctor or something of that sort.

I felt like my privacy had been breached. My anonymity was also broken when she acknowledged me from the rooms. Now I don’t usually have problems with doctors and interns looking at my file. BUT I was terribly bothered that someone who comes to my meeting has now had intimate access to my medical files.

And that is not sitting well with me right now.

It is almost accusatory the way I am feeling. I don’t want another “Drunk” having access to the particulars of my life because she is in the rooms. I’ve known this woman for some time. And I’ve heard her talk and share. I just don’t know how I feel, well I do know how I feel about today…

I don’t want this woman having access to my file or my doctor… simple as that. I don’t know in what capacity she was working today with a 4th year intern – but she did ask me some pointed questions about some of my pills in that kind of AA “Why are you taking these specific pills???” way…

There has always been proponents who think that pills are a threat to sobriety. I’ve had the pill argument with more than one AA member in my many years. I just don’t feel right knowing that another member now knows the particulars of my life that were once private. I don’t like it at all…

Am I being ignorant and stupid or petty???

I’ve never faced this kind of dilemma in my sobriety before. Actually knowing someone directly who has had access to my medical life, who is a member of the rooms. It’s just as bad that I pointed the finger first and called her out. I feel like my medical life has been invaded by her. I don’t trust anonymity when my worlds come this close together. Now I am going to have to take this to bed with me, UGH !!!

What do I do now???

I know let it go… I don’t know what I’d say to her when she comes to my meeting the next time. You know, I don’t think you’d like certain people peeking in on parts of your life that are sacred and private, but I am an alcoholic and I think like one – AND SO DOES SHE !!! I know there are other alcoholics that work at the General, but they do not work in the Clinic nor do they have access to that kind of information. My information!!!

I am really feeling this little intrusion in a big way right now…


Missing Ont. teen may not be in Canada: police

CBC.NEWS Online

Police searching for an Ontario teenager whose disappearance may be connected to online video games say there is a possibility he is no longer in the country.

Brandon Crisp left his Barrie, Ont., home on Oct. 13 after his parents revoked his Xbox privileges because he had become obsessed with the video game Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. He has not been seen since.

Investigators said they are not discounting reports that some of Brandon’s gaming friends were in the United States, according to a report Wednesday in the Barrie Examiner.

“We don’t know where he is, so there is that potential that he could have gone south of the border,” Sgt. Dave Goodbrand told the local newspaper.

“That’s a scenario we have to consider, whether he went across on his own will or against his will.”

Police are investigating any possible role the videogame system, manufactured by Microsoft, may have played in Brandon’s disappearance. Players of the online games come from all over the world, Goodbrand said Wednesday.

“It’s definitely one of the reasons we wanted to push the story nationally and internationally,” he told the Examiner.

Brandon’s parents have been urging police to look for more clues in their son’s laptop and Xbox hard drive.

Steve Crisp has said he is convinced the key to his son’s disappearance lies in someone he met online while playing the game, and that police need to put more effort into their online investigation.

“I really need the help of the police now in really delving in and getting right to this Xbox hard drive,” to find Brandon’s contacts, he told CBC News on Sunday.

The crime show America’s Most Wanted has posted a profile of Brandon on its website that includes a photograph of the blond-haired teen and a description of him as an “avid online gamer who specifically plays 1st person shooters.”

“If investigators feel that Brandon may have crossed the border, we could look into broadcasting something,” show spokesman Avery Mann told the Examiner Wednesday.

The program was reportedly told about Brandon’s disappearance by Child Save, a missing child registry system that operates across Canada and the U.S.

Hundreds of volunteers have been looking for the boy around Barrie, about 100 kilometres north of Toronto, but to no avail. The teen was last seen the day he disappeared on a trail several kilometres from his house. His abandoned bike was discovered elsewhere earlier this week.

A candlelight vigil was scheduled for Wednesday night in Shanty Bay, just east of Barrie. It was organized by the operators of the Facebook group ‘Where is Brandon Crisp,’ which currently has more than 17,000 members.

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Microsoft offers reward for missing Xbox gamer

A local newspaper, the family’s Internet service provider and Child Find offered a 25,000-dollar (19,500-dollar US) reward for information leading to his return.

Microsoft topped it up with another 25,000 dollars, the company said Tuesday in an email to AFP, “hoping for his swift return.”

“Like everyone, we are deeply worried about the disappearance of Brandon Crisp,” the company said.

Exhaustive searches have not turned up a single clue beyond the boy’s bicycle, found last week with a flat tire.

Police are said to be examining who Brandon played with online. “Law enforcement has contacted Microsoft about this matter and we are cooperating fully with them,” said Microsoft.


American Stories, American Solutions

American Stories, American Solutions


CANADA: Montreal bishop will work out rite for same-sex blessing

[Anglican Journal] Link

After this week’s discussions with bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Barry Clarke of Montreal plans to launch a process to work out a rite for blessing same-sex couples in the diocese who have been married in civil ceremonies.

In an opening statement October 24 to the annual synod of the Diocese of Montreal, the bishop said he believes that in the current debate about same-sex issues some are being called to speak with a prophetic voice, others with a voice of caution.

“For reasons, perhaps known only to God, I believe we, in the Diocese of Montreal, are among those who have been called by God to speak with a prophetic voice,” he said. “It is our voice that is called to affirm that all people are loved, valued and precious before God and the church. It is our voice that is called to affirm that all unions of faithful love and life-long commitment are worthy of God’s blessing and a means of God’s grace. In time our voice will either be affirmed by the body, or stand corrected.”

About a year ago, the 2007 Montreal synod adopted a resolution calling on the bishop to grant permission for clergy, under certain conditions, to bless duly solemnized civil marriages, including same-sex marriages. Clarke, like the bishops of two other dioceses where such motions were passed around the same time, has not yet implemented it by authorizing such blessings.

Speaking at this year’s synod, the bishop described his decision as one that “does constitute an incremental step forward, which is consistent with the wishes of synod, all the while observing the cautious posture voiced and upheld in other parts of the Anglican Communion” and expressed at the Lambeth Conference of the world’s Anglican bishops this summer.

Delegates to this year’s Montreal synod took no further action on the issue except to debate and vote down, by clear although not overwhelming majorities, two resolutions presented by people opposed to same-sex blessings.

One resolution asked the bishop to refrain from implementing same-sex blessings until there had been extensive consultation with the Anglican Communion worldwide, until the diocese had established a process for consulting its members, until the General Synod of Canada changed the marriage canon, and in any event not before the 2010 Montreal synod.

The other resolution asked that, if the bishop did authorize the blessings, a process called shared episcopal ministry be made available to parishes and clergy requesting it. (Basically, this could mean that, with Clarke’s assent, a bishop opposed to the blessings would provide certain services, probably including confirmations, in similarly minded parishes. Last May, Eddie Marsh, retired bishop of Central Newfoundland, carried out a confirmation service for candidates from two parishes in the Montreal suburban area known as the West Island. Clarke authorized this, at least with regard to one of the parishes, and the experiment was considered by some to be a trial run for shared episcopal ministry.)

The two motions were rejected, although their sponsors used conciliatory language in presenting them.

David Johnstone, rector’s warden of the evangelical St. Stephen’s Church in Westmount, said the motion on consultation would not reverse the 2007 decision but would help to preserve Anglican unity in a situation where “the diversity once cherished by Anglicanism has been stretched beyond limits.”

The Rev. Timothy Wiebe of two churches in the Eastern Townships described the motion on shared episcopal ministry as “creative, generous and fully inclusive of all points of view” and “an Anglican solution, a via media.”

In his opening address, Clarke said that, shortly after the meeting of the House of Bishops (October 27-31), he would establish a commission with the responsibility of drafting an appropriate rite for the blessing and guidelines for implementation.

“In this process, I am committed to an open dialogue, and to this end, I will provide opportunities on a formal basis for listening, dialogue and further discernment,” he said. He added that the diocese would work alongside the faith, worship and ministry committee, which had been charged by General Synod, the Anglican Church of Canada’s governing body, to develop a process to engage dioceses and parishes in study of the Christian perspective on human sexuality in light of scripture, reason, tradition and current scientific understanding.

“Let me make it absolutely clear that in this process, no cleric and no congregation will be required to participate in any future blessing of same-sex civil marriages,” said Clarke.

– Harvey Shepherd is editor of The Montreal Anglican, the newspaper of the Diocese of Montreal.


You Heard it here FIRST – SNOW!!!

On October 28th 2008 at 11:30 p.m. I am posting this word for the first time this season…

IT’S SNOWING IN MONTREAL !!!


Write to Marry Day…

Write To Marry Day Link

Andy wrote this, I think he hits all the points, and I agree with what he has to say
You can check his blog Here!!!

Next Tuesday, when California voters head to the polls to pick the next president, they will also be deciding on Proposition 8, which seeks to amend the state constitution and thereby nullify the state supreme court’s ruling from earlier this year, which found that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Supporters of the proposition claim to be protecting “traditional” marriage from a threat that is clearly non-existent. Their entire campaign is based on lies, distortions and the absolutely preposterous notion that heterosexuals will opt for non-procreative same-sex relationships leading to the extinction of the human race, simply because the law says they can, as if homosexuality is contagious and can be legislated out of existence, rather than a biological phenomenon affecting a tiny percentage of the population.

One of the myths being pushed by supporters of the proposition is that a “no” vote would have a profoundly adverse effect on First Amendment guarantees of free speech and religious expression; in fact, the opposite is true.

Anti-gay forces are claiming that legalized gay marriage somehow gives the state the power to force clergy to perform same-sex marriages and would ban religious speech against homosexuality. These accusations are utterly without merit.

There is a difference in this country between civil marriage and religious marriage, whatever the protestations of the extreme right wing, that is very clearly illustrated: no state in the union requires the religious solemnization of a marriage nor recognizes a religious marriage without a civil license. Same-sex marriage does not change this.

The argument that churches would be “forced” to perform a marriage that was against their religious beliefs is utterly unfounded. For example, there is no limit to how many times a person can be legally married and divorced in the United States, but the Catholic church does not recognize the re-marriage of divorced persons. You can trot down to city hall and get your third, fourth, eighth license, whatever. But the government is absolutely powerless to require a Catholic priest to officiate at a marriage ceremony for you.

Most churches require couples counseling with a minister before a marriage ceremony; it’s rare, but clergy have the pastoral right to decide a couple should not be married for whatever reason and decline to officiate. That can’t stop them from obtaining a civil license.

Similarly, Catholics, Mormons and Orthodox and Conservative Jews oppose interfaith marriages. A Mormon can legally marry a Jew, but no church or synagogue can be compelled to host the ceremony or recognize the relationship. The plain truth is that federal and local governments already recognize the marriages of couples whose unions are opposed by various longstanding religious traditions.

Ask the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston how many same-sex marriages they have been forced to perform since 2003.

Far from protecting first amendment guarantees about the freedom of religion, Proposition 8 actually imperils them. One of the many bogus assumptions supporters of the proposition make is that to be “religious” means to be anti-gay. Some religious groups openly oppose Proposition 8.

Furthermore, religious groups including Unitarian Universalists, the Metropolitan Community Church, the United Church of Christ and Conservative and Reform Jewish synagogues routinely bless same-sex unions. While the practice remains controversial in many other denominations, individual churches within mainline traditions (especially the Episcopal and Lutheran churches) often welcome and bless same-sex couples.

Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, recently had this to say: “Performing and blessing [same-sex] marriages is not simply theoretical. There are real people in congregations large and small who have waited sometimes for many years for this opportunity, and the witness of their faithful love has been an inspiration to me….While no one in this Diocese will be forced to move beyond what his or her conscience allows, we seek to provide that gracious space for those whose conscience compels them to bless the marriages of all faithful people as together we discern the work of the Holy Spirit who continues to lead us into all truth.”

Thus, Proposition 8 does not protect religious expression at all but rather threatens the legitimate diversity of opinion on this issue among people of faith in the name of a narrow, fundamentalist orthodoxy. Legal recognition and protection of same-sex unions threatens no one and enhances freedom of religious expression in the State of California.

This post is written in support of Write to Marry Day.


Miracles…

It is a cold, dreary, miserable night in Montreal. They say we may get some wet snow over night. YAY!!! I’d rather walk in the snow than walk in the rain any day or night. It has been raining for hours and hours.

The meeting tonight was quick and painful. we are finding that one of our members is having real trouble with reading from the page, and he also said tonight that he was having trouble hearing. There were 11 people at the meeting tonight and everyone had shared in the first thirty minutes of the meeting. When it came to my turn to share, I was speaking and the chair started mumbling to someone at the head of the room and he started talking to the room while I was sitting there sharing. I think he was in a hurry to end the meeting early. And it did… 30 minutes early.

We are all noticing that Peter is deteriorating before our eyes. He just moved into a new home and is getting settled. Meanwhile, he is having trouble staying on his feet (stability) he is having trouble reading words on the page and he is not able to keep up with people when listening, like I said above. This is a noticable change in him over the last few months. And he’s not getting better… sad really …

Stick around until the miracle occurs…

Watching people getting clean and sober is a spiritual experience. When you follow each other on this spiritual path and they have moments of clarity in the meeting and for some – they have been to hell and come to us with their baggage and issues, and one day, the clouds part and the light goes on in the tower and the bulb flashes over their heads and you see God descend into the room, there is the miracle…

I relate a story of one of our women, who celebrates 5 years tonight. She came into the room and she was sullen and dark. She did not know what to do. And we loved her and listened to her week after week. For months she used to say every week that “she wished that the days would just end…” She was still in darkness and misery. She hated her days and she wanted the hours to be done with. One night it happened. There are nights when we sit in that church basement and you can just feel the presence of God – it is so palpable.

And on this particular night she spoke up and the light went on in the tower and the lightbulb flashed over her head and she exclaimed “There are not enough hours in the day…” God came down and touched her and from that point on she was transformed by a power greater than herself. That is just one of the miracles I have seen in the rooms. There are countless others. But this one struck me deep in my heart.

I am supposed to be dead. Yet I am still alive. Who Knew???
Someone up there likes me, and that is a miracle.

I don’t know when I got my miracle or who gave it to me, all I know is that in the beginning there was a group of people who believed in me and believed for me until I could believe for myself. They filled me with Love and God did the rest I guess. Was it my Master who loved me so hard that he helped create the miracle, or was it all God’s doing? He sure had a lot of help creating the miracle for me, so long ago…

Tomorrow I will see the doctor. God only knows where he will be in his head. He will say that my cholesterol is still high and that I am FAT. He won’t even think about the fact that I am still alive and the pills are working their little bits of healing magic. I can’t talk god with a man who only thinks in numbers and is fixated on things that I don’t worry about. I feel good. I eat good, I take my pills and I pray. What else is there? He won’t, for one minute, think about gratitude or miracles.

And that is sad…

In 42 days, one day at a time, I will celebrate 7 years of sobriety…


Sean Penn's new gay drama avoiding publicity

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – The opening of “Milk,” director Gus Van Sant‘s account of California‘s first openly gay politician, is four weeks away. Yet you wouldn’t know it.

Unlike the hoopla over Focus Features‘ previous gay-themed awards magnet, “Brokeback Mountain,” which was drawing calls of agenda-pushing from right-wingers months before it opened in 2005, there’s been hardly a peep in editorial pages or on talk radio.

Admittedly, the election is a major distraction. But Focus also is doing something deliberate: It’s eschewing publicity for the Sean Penn vehicle, keeping it out of the high-profile fall film festivals and heavily restricting media screenings.

“The best way to help this film win over a mainstream audience is to avoid partisanship, and the best way to avoid partisanship is to let people find out about the film from the film itself,” said one person involved with the film.

Giving up word-of-mouth to avoid hot air is not a typical trade-off — notice how Lionsgate effectively flogged politically charged movies like Oliver Stone‘s George W. Bush biopic “W.” and the Bill Maher documentaryReligulous” — but it’s one Focus is willing to make.

Not that it will last. The political football will be kicked off when the movie premieres Tuesday night in San Francisco and then put in play after the November 4 election. And when that happens, the studio will face a marketing dilemma: how to accommodate the gay-rights angle the core audience expects while appealing to mainstream filmgoers who might not be immediately moved to see a movie about the subject.

One example of those filmgoers: At a recent Vegas test-screening for a middle-class, straight audience, several senior citizens tried to leave after a gay love scene in the early moments but couldn’t because they were trapped in the middle of a row (near Focus production chief John Lyons, in fact). The seniors eventually said they were happy that they stayed, but, like independent voters in an election contest, these are the viewers Focus must woo.

Like its initial phase of playing keep-away from cable news, the post-election phase will also involve staying above politics. Focus plans on selling “Milk” in part as a story of hope and change (Harvey Milk, a member of San Francisco’s Board of Superviors until his assassination in 1978, won equal-rights battles against great odds), just as it sold “Brokeback” as a love story.

The ploy was logical with “Brokeback.” It’s less so here.

Like “Brokeback,” “Milk” features a gay romance. But unlike “Brokeback,” “Milk” is made by gay filmmakers, features the polarizing Penn and puts itself squarely in a political context. Milk’s fight against California‘s anti-gay-rights Proposition 6 — a drama the movie deals with in great detail — spookily parallels the current California fight over Proposition 8, a measure that would ban gay marriage.

Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said that “since this movie is about a beloved politician who was killed, it won’t be easy for our adversaries to fight us on it.” Focus and its Oscar handlers should get the weaponry ready anyway.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


The Peaceful Warrior …

“Socrates once said, “Embody what you teach, and teach only what you have embodied.”

I remember something Socrates had told me about the search for meaning.
“Better never begin – but once begun, better finish.”

“To really help people, you first need to understand them – but you can’t understand someone else until you understand yourself. Know yourself; prepare yourself; develop the clarity, the courage, and the sensitivity to exert the right leverage, in the right place, at the right time, Then Act.”


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

New Trailer Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Hungry for God (redaction)

I’ve had a few days to poder the meaning of life again. Every time I pop a pill I stand at the sink and contemplate my mortality. I am reminded that each pill I take, every day of my life I must be reminded that it is because of these pills that I am still breathing. It has been a quiet week with not much going on between my last class on Thursday and the beginning of my week in class on Monday. I haven’t had a lot to write about nor was I feeling very inspired to write anything substantial.

That’s why Monday’s are so important to us in our little clutch of followers. Gospel and Acts is a warm nest that we all come to each week to be fed and to learn about scripture. It is such an amazing two hours that it seems we can’t get enough. There is so much to read, so much to study, so much to take in. And we are come with our own baggage and we come from our own traditions. Not all of us come from the same tapestry, but we are threads that are woven together in this class.

Every week that goes by, we find things to talk about after class and tonight we welcomed a new member to our coffee clutch, I mentioned this in the last post. Luigi, Anthony and I sat and listened to this young man talk about God. He reads his bible and he goes to class and it seemed that he was on information overload tonight. He just talked and talked and talked… He is young in his Christian journey, yet the hunger I heard in his voice was refreshing. He reminded me of myself when I was his age. Did I just say that???

How do we live the Gospel? He spoke of conversations he has had with people over the last little while. I told him about the diamond polishing. Life is about lessons. Life is about meeting people, and learning the lessons as they come to you. Everyone we meet on any given day comes with a purpose. They either challenge our position, they come to ask us a question, or they are there to teach us a lesson. Sometimes one, sometimes all at once. Every person you meet is a chance encounter with God. It is my belief that there are no coincidences. God puts certain people on our paths at specific moments or on specific days for a reason. Are you paying attention here???

Life is about learning to polish the diamond.

Life is about learning to dispatch the past and to integrate lessons that we were meant to learn on this go round on earth. In life if we do not learn the lesson the first time, the lesson returns again and again until we learn the lesson and we move forward. Each time a situation presents itself be it a problem or an issue or a feeling, the diamond comes up for a cut. Each swipe at the polishing wheel is a new cut, and we look at that diamond from a certain perspective. We see life from a certain perspective. We see each lesson or problem from a certain perspective. These issues will return as we learn to dispatch them into the file cabinet of the past. Each time these issues pop up we get to see it from a different perspective if we are following our progress through life. (We spoke about journaling).

The diamond is constantly in the cut and polish phase. Until that diamond is made perfect. How many perfectly cut diamonds do you know??? We are always working on ourselves. We are learning how to use our skills, we are constantly being refined. The Christian journey is not a perfect journey. But it is a journey that always moves forwards. And we have a choice to remain static where we are with our bibles in our hands, and our notions and preconceptions and ideologies and we can choose not to move in any given direction, OR we can choose to grow towards the potential that God allows us to, and encourages us to, grow towards.

My friend noted that there are too many divisions in Christianity. And that is a given. But the grace we have is to grow and to learn about God and Scripture. We have an opportunity to grow and be perfect as our Heavenly Father is Perfect. We have a choice to live these two commandments:Mt. 22:37-40…

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

This is the scripture passage that so many men and women of God are preaching today. If we could just love our God and Love our Neighbor things would be so simple. But we come with our ideologies, our baggage our notions of what is right and wrong based on what we have been taught. We can quibble over scripture for what is going on in the world today, I am not going to argue scripture with you. Been here – Done this…

Love of God and Love of neighbor … That is the code we should live by…

We are powerless over people, places and things. We come to this life and sometimes we become addicted to things or we remain troubled about life and we have to get right, we have to find the right path, so we admit our powerlessness, and we show up. Over time we live and we study and we Come to Believe and finally we learn to Turn it Over. We may not be able to change people, but we Can change our perceptions. That is the lesson of life…

I can’t – He can – So I will Let Him…

Everyone who appears on the path is there for a reason. To Challenge us, to Ask us a question or to Teach us a lesson. Sometimes one – sometimes all. It is not in how many words we use at times, but how we listen to those who sit with us and share. It is how we LISTEN !!!

Do you know what HUNGER is? Do you know what it feels like to sit with someone who is totally devoted to Scripture and Hungry for God? Tonight the four of us sat over soup and coffee and we talked about hunger and Christianity. Life will move forward and we will visit again. Everyone brings something to the table be it by word or presence. Everyone is on the path – what ever path that is. Sometimes paths cross and it is up to us to divine why certain people are put on the path with us. That is if we are paying attention to these little things that God puts before us. Are YOU paying attention???

Love your God and Love your neighbor…


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