Grant, O God,
that what has been said with our lips we may believe in our hearts,
and that what we believe in our hearts we may practice in our lives,
through Jesus the Christ. Amen
It’s hard to believe that it is already August – the summer has just flown by (or so it seems to me). I have found it so gratifying to be able to spend time with people in the hospital, both patients and staff, offering comfort and support to those in need. I also feel great joy in my heart as I have been able to return to New Light MCC and participate in worship. My calendar year at Vision of Hope MCC was very rewarding and provided a wonderful learning experience; however, like Dorothy, I think there’s no place like home.
My sermon this week is an appeal for unity for us all – as the body of Christ who have been called to this church, our church, where we might worship together the One God, the One Son, and the One Holy Spirit of us all. Let us share together the Spirit of Jesus that burns brightly within each one of us so that together we can be all that we are called to be.
It’s something you never imagined happening, and you didn’t see it coming. Now you feel like the foundation of your life has crumbled under your feet, and no wonder. It has. Things aren’t what they used to be!
There’s no better time than now to start building something new.
While much good may be gone, no doubt there were things about the past that you didn’t like…things you may have wanted to change, but didn’t or couldn’t. Now is the time to turn over a new leaf…to express a part of yourself long put aside…to reach out and embrace life afresh.
Now is the time to accept a new reality…to redefine “normal”…to reclaim yourself…to look with expectant eyes at what today and the days ahead have to offer.
Now is the time to realistically assess your situation…the good and the bad, the opportunities and the challenges. If you have trouble seeing your way clearly, talk these things over with a loved one, close friend, or counselor.
Remember: Though much has changed, not everything needs to be changed. Today is the day to focus on necessary decisions. Make those and leave all other decisions until tomorrow.
Now is the time to care for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Refuse to let avoidable illness or stress drain away your energy, because…
there’s no better time than now to start building something new.
It’s All in How You Look at It by Inspirited by Faith