Thursday, February 6, 2014

Who Are You Today?

Who Are you today?

As I think through who I am, I reaffirm I am a child of God and I am a member of the family of God. This family supports me and prays with me, this family offers guidance and advice, which I sometimes listen to and other times ignore. I am not always happy with the family, we tend to bicker and argue and call each other horrible names. I wonder if I could find another family that is more healthy, more together. Alas, there is no such thing as a perfect family, there is no place where all is well all the time. I treasure those moments when we are in harmony, when we can raise our voices and praise God, and the abundant love poured upon us. I love those moments when the walls tumble down, and we connect. Those are precious times, too few, too scarce to take them for granted.

So how can I break through all that separates us? Perhaps by writing a blog and hope it connects us together in this one moment so we are energized to continue to work for a world full of love and peace. That is who I am right now, how about you?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas 2013

I have moved to a new appointment here in Montrose and this will be my first Christmas with the community here. I have been reflecting on what it means to give and receive. I notice I am overwhelmed with all the celebrations and activities that are available at this time of year. So I often feel burdened by the choices, by the extra giving that goes on this time of year. I wonder if perhaps the season in which we celebrate what we have been given by the grace of God, has been replaced with a season of giving and receiving. Maybe we have not paid enough attention to what it means to receive a gift from God, and the profound importance of this gift for our lives. I am struggling to articulate what it means to receive, but I wonder if we really could receive, we would find we do not have expect to get as much as we are accustomed to. What if instead of filling the season with so many gifts,we just gave one thing? I know the retailers would hate us for spreading such ideas. But I wonder if we need to remember something more than what to get for someone, or what we expect to get from another. I wonder I have become addicted to the notion that I need to have certain things or else I will feel neglected, uncared for, completely forgetting that God so values us Jesus was born on earth.
Don't get me wrong, I love getting gifts, I love how folks express joy through the music and celebrations of the season.I love wearing my christmas themed ties. But I always get worn out, usually develop a cold at this time of year. I wonder if that is a symptom of our society's celebration expectations? I wonder what you think?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today I realized I have not written at all about Lent! It is easy for me to lose track of time and let tasks slip by until I have a huge pile of undone phone calls, visits, paperwork, emails to tackle. I know I am busy and I don't procrastinate on all my work, but it is a time like this that I feel overwhelmed and confused about where to start. So what to do? I am more and more aware that I often do not ask for help, do not delegate enough, do not say no to things like invitations to special events. I have a hard time narrowing down what is a priority and what would be nice. Even sitting down and thinking about what I should do is not something I do on a regular basis. But, if I take five minutes of my busy time and settle down into connecting with God, then my path becomes clearer. It does not really matter if I chant, or breath, or sing, a centering prayer, just that I do. Of course the universe of chaos tries to interrupt that five minutes, the phone rings, sirens sound, my wife needs to talk to me in that precise moment. But, it is okay, if I need to I can come back and try again.
How about you what interrupts your centering exercises? What causes you to get off kilter? For me writing helps, and asking for help from the universe helps, these are two practices which I am still getting the hang of, even now, even after years of experience. Let me know what works for you cause I need all the help I can get! Blessings, Pastor Steve