At Peace With Your Thoughts


It’s Saturday again and there may be much to do or maybe little. Be at peace with your thoughts.

Here are a couple more quotes from Kahlil Giban:

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

(I’m not sure about this last one.)

Happy Saturday.

 

Upon Reflection


Sometimes a Saturday can be a good day for just reflecting. If you’re out on the water, on a hiking trail, strolling a sandy beach, or just lazing in a hammock, let thoughts wander until suddenly there is the perfect life scene to reflect upon and then enjoy the journey. Happy Saturday

Can You Imagine?


‘Two people were killed and 12 others injured after a man with a handgun opened fire on a bustling avenue in Toronto on Sunday night the police said. The gunman was later found dead.”

This headline this morning prompted today’s blog which is a slightly altered version of an August 1/14 post. It is actually the third time for posting this poem but somehow the times seem to warrant it.

In 1995 I wrote this poem called The Victim. It’s about crimes and war and unsound government, and the entire world possibly becoming victim to all of these things. And then thinking about the poem in a new light, I realized that it’s not only crimes and wars and unsound government that hurt people, but the way we treat each other on a daily basis. The sad part of all of this is the take heed part. If we don’t take heed, nothing changes, and if we do…can you imagine?

THE VICTIM

People dead

before their time,

victims

of some heinous crime.

Callous killers,

world’s worst foes,

victims

of God only knows.

Wars created

through sheer greed,

victims

of abnormal need.

Governments

whose rule a hoax,

victims

of the peoples’ votes.

Our planet Earth,

soon indigent,

victim

of our ignorance.

World, take heed!

The time has come

for remedy

lest you become

the victim.

©1995

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement…Romans 12;3

This post is a slightly altered repeat of an August 1, 2014 blog.

 

 

 

 

This Moment in Time


Stop! Right now, stop what you are doing and be still if only for just a few seconds…give in to the stillness.

In spite of any chaos around you or in you, give in to being still for this moment in time. Try to make this a habit, and eventually, at any time of the day or night while in the moment, a thought will occur about your life, the world, a problem; anything that has been robbing you of peace and serenity, and the brief respite will infuse you with hope, insight, and a new perspective.

Whenever possible, be silent and listen. Notice how these two words use the exact same letters to fulfill each other…be silent and listen.

In this moment in time hear what God says in Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

For now, carry on…the rest of your day is waiting to be lived.

 

 

 

A Saturday Prayer


Some of us don’t always have the energy we need to fulfill the tasks set before us, and some of us become spiritually depleted. Even a weekend doesn’t seem to energize us. Here is a prayer from Norman Vincent Peale which I may have posted before but is always helpful. Happy Saturday.

A Prayer for Energy

Dear Lord, I need more energy and strength. I seem drained and tired and do not seem to possess what it takes to do all that I must do. I know that the wrong kind of thoughts can make one tired. Change my thoughts that they may be in harmony with your power. 

Nature walks:

Worth the Reflection


As always, Sunday’s sermon left our congregation with food for thought. Our pastor said he wasn’t sure where he found the following reflection on 1 Corinthians 13, but knew it would fit nicely into a sermon one day…and Sunday was that day.

Love is patient.  True about me, or not so true?

Love is kind.  Is that the way my friends or family would describe me?

Love is not envious.  Does green with envy describe my usual complexion?

Love is not arrogant.  When I look at other people, am I looking up or looking down?

Love is not rude.  Miss Manners or Biker Bar: which describe my vocabulary?

Love does not insist on its own way.  Hmmm…

Love is not irritable.  Am I touchy-feely, or am I just plain touchy?

Love is not resentful.  Am I driving through life with a U-haul full of old baggage? 

Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  When I think about my life, what causes me to cheer?  The places I’ve stretched the boundaries, or the times I’ve stood for them?

Love bears all things.  Is God growing in me a set of broad shoulders, for myself and for others?

Love believes all things.  Am I someone who sees God’s possibilities?  Do I see them in those around me?

Love hopes all things.  Do God’s promises for my future still excite me?

Love endures all things.  Even when I can’t see those promises, am I still willing to follow?

Love never ends.  Obviously, that’s something that only becomes possible as you and I experience the reality of Christ’s life – of Christ himself living in us.

I, for one, find this truly worth the reflection.

 

The Alternative Fact


The fact is that it is a very gray day, the sky being blanketed by dark clouds. The alternative fact is that above that bank of dark clouds, the sun is shining.

The fact is that when the tide is out, small boats and often deep water vessels are pretty much stranded on an ocean floor or in shallow water. The alternative fact is that the tide will come back and once again these same boats and ships will be buoyed up.

The fact is that Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were one and the same entity. The alternative fact is that this character’s split personality, created by the author, caused the appearance of duplicity.

The fact is that a mirror mirrors the existence of the person it reflects. The alternative fact is that without the mirror the person still exists.

The fact is that John 3:16 is one of the Bible’s most read and quoted verses. The alternative fact is that there are those who have never heard of it.

The fact is that since the beginning of time good and evil have been at war. The alternative fact is that good has always prevailed.

The fact is that none of us knows why evil happens. The alternative fact is it is not ours to know but ours to overcome.

The fact is that there appeared to be fewer crowds to witness the recent inauguration of the U.S. president than some previous inaugurations. The alternative fact is that Mr. President chose to see it differently.

The fact is there are none so blind as those who will not see. The alternative fact is that not everyone has 20/20 vision.