The Great Equalizer


How often in our lifetime do we encounter people who suffer from narcissism or visions of grandeur or even the ‘holier than thou’ syndrome. This has been said of me because of my complete surrendering of my life to God.

Then there are those who constantly think of others with care and compassion; who put the needs and feelings of others before their own; whose very existence is spent in the service of others.

The thing is, our world is in the grip of a virus that is striking people down mercilessly not stopping to differentiate between royalty and the commoner, the rich and the poor, the young and the old; the homeless and the mansion dwellers; or people like the above .

We, the world, are in what is being called a silent war, and we are in it together. Altogether. All together.

This virus has been named many things by many people but someone recently dubbed it ‘the great equalizer‘  I hope and pray that we will never again have to be reminded to think of our world as one, no matter our life status, creed, or culture. Our world.

Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. John 13:16

 

 

Lord, Hear Our Prayer


 

Heavenly Father, thank you for hearing our prayer. Help us to be still and know that you are God.

We pray that you will help us to concentrate on our faith instead of our fears, on our triumphs instead of our troubles and on your power instead of our problems.

Help us to see our shortcomings and overcome them.

Show us that when we are unkind, inconsiderate or unthinking, impatient, indifferent or disrespectful, we hurt others.

Remind us that forgiveness is a prerequisite to peace.

In the decisions we face daily grant us the wisdom of Solomon.

For the times we are easily provoked grant us the patience of Job.

When we are tempted to doubt your promises, God, grant us the faith of Mary.

We pray for world peace, sound governments, the end of terrorism of every kind, and the prevention of dread diseases.

We pray that you will help us become the people you want us to be.

Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.

Happy Sunday.

 

Paying It Forward


Today’s post is a follow-up to A Goal of Love posted on Saturday, March 2nd which was about a hockey player taking time out of his day to be kind to a young fan. The goaltender was more than kind; he epitomized everything in this  banner.

How often does something wonderful happen to us and we think we should pay it forward but something blocks our action to follow through. Perhaps we need reminding of this simple little gesture of good will by keeping these words at the forefront of our lives.

No matter what, buy the person behind you in the drive through, the person next to you at lunch, smile and hi to a perfect stranger. If you have ever been done for some one or had someone do it for you, you know it's most amazing feeling.

 

 

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Subtle Reminders


How many times do we see something that reminds us of something else and it can make us feel sad or glad. This picture reminds me of Psalm 121 “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills..” It makes me feel glad and is a subtle reminder to always look up. Happy Sunday.

 

Reminders


Seeing this little black capped chickadee being quiet among the blossoms reminds me to also take time out to be still and quiet.

We all need reminders in the ordinariness of life to take time out to reflect on our purpose for being here, our connectedness to each other, our need for compassion and tolerance, and most of all our desire for all things good and our need to combat all things that are not good.

Reminders are important because without them we tend to forget that we are our brothers’ keepers…and our sisters, daughters, sons, parents, grandparents, spouses, neighbors, countrymen and humanity in general.

So, like this little black capped chickadee, let us sit among the blossoms and let it be a reminder to breathe in the scent of life as we would have it be.

Jen O'Donnell's photo.

The Pain of Loneliness


Last week I received a call from a friend of ages past. We had quite a chat, catching up on each other’s lives and making plans to reconnect over lunch in the nicer weather.

Of all the words spoken by my old friend, what stood out the most was, “I’m lonely.”

This lady had spent a good part of her life raising children and welcoming grandchildren. She enjoys Sunday worship and coffee time afterwards but then goes home to an empty apartment. She reaches out to family and friends via telephone but seldom do we reach out to her.

What do to do about loneliness? Obviously the answer is to be aware of these people and make a point of remembering that they do exist and are in need of friendship and caring.

It was a reminder that there are those whose lives would benefit greatly from a telephone call, a visit, an invitation to lunch…whatever it takes to ease the pain of loneliness.

The lonely are everywhere…in our churches, families, public places, long term care facilities, hospitals…everywhere. If you are suffering from loneliness, do what my friend did, make that call and say, “I am lonely”.