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Give ‘em a Break!

People seem “edgy”, short tempered!  Maybe the testy, hot, “dog days of summer” are taking their toll…. Maybe the adverse political environment is spilling over into our everyday lives….. Maybe our overcrowded calendar brings undue and unreasonable pressure upon us…. Or maybe “summer vacations” are just not what they were cracked up to be. Whatever the case, I think we need to take a deep breath and put the stressful, judgmental situations into a “Bigger Perspective”. Why? Because we just never know…. “Give grace. You never know where someone is in God’s story”. – Gayle DeSalles Instead of the response thinking, “how stupid of him”, “I can’t believe that she said that to me”, or “you want what? “When?” Perhaps these are just the “G-vites from God that we should be on the look out for ? Let’s respond to these “G-vites ” by practicing “COMPASSION”. Mother Teresa “got it”. She LIVED in the bigger picture. Here are the words that were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s room in Calcutta: “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have,... read more

Where is This Peace On Earth?

Just once I’d like to wake up and really find “Peace On Earth”. I pray for it, sing out about it, and scurry around trying to find “peace on earth”. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor afraid.” (John 14:27) Somehow I missed the boat…. My heart is troubled and my mind is torn by fear. How about you? What went wrong? Where is this peace Jesus gave us so long ago? Obviously the peace is which Jesus spoke is not earthly. His peace is his gift coming from somewhere else. Bur how do we tap into this gift of peace? This “heavenly peace” is found within ourselves. Just watching the world “blow up” literally, we know it’s not experienced on the outside. People’s lives and hearts are being torn asunder losing all sense of normalcy. Like the ocean’s surface tossed about with white caps, while below the tumulus waves, the deep silence is unscathed. We too must go deep within to find our quiet stillness, our peace. Jesus’s gift of peace flows from our connection with our Divine Source. This friendship, this union brings calm, stillness and peace which stems from our very souls. Often times it may not manifest on the “outside” but the sacredness we recognize “within” acts as our “center”. It’s our “piece” of the “Peace”. We need to suspend ALL judgment and get into God’s head. We need to try to see what God sees. As we share our one vision,... read more

What Does a Cross Mean to You?

Every day I pray, “Not my will, but thine be done”. Many times God’s will and mine are juxtaposed leaving me struggling with “why”. I think the simple answer can be found in two straight lines. Many people wear a cross around their neck. Some are plain and simple in contrast to fancier pieces bedecked with jewels. No matter where they land on the jewelry scale, each one carries a great reminder for me. The basic cross consists of a vertical line intersected by a horizontal line. This design of the opposite strokes reminds me of the contradictions in life and how they work together for my long-term benefit. These diametrically opposed lines represent the contrast of joy/sorrow, happiness/adversity and my will and God’s will. These seemingly discordant energies must collide to bring us through the storms of life, intermixed with the peace we enjoy, leading to true transformation. We must fall apart through adversity, sorrow and accepting God’s will, coming out the other end reveling in joy and happiness with the acceptance of God’s will and mine aligning. This blending and coming together is the road to reach a new level of understanding, living with faith, hope, and love. We need to remember through it all, it eventually does “come together”. I’ve always said that God gives us enough joy for our happiness. And at the same time God provides us multiply adversities for our growth. These contrasting lessons come together, joining or crossing as needed for our spiritual development and growth. So the next time you see someone wear a cross, or next time you feel that... read more

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