Can’t we, when we are working and drop something, instead of getting mad about it, say thank you God for giving me the strength to pick this up? –———–Re. Earl H. Merritt
We spend a lot of time asking God for things. We beg for healing, money, friends. How much time do we spend thanking him? We are so blessed. Having lived in a third world country, I know just how much more we have than most people. Yet we are always asking for more. Give thanks every day for the things you have.
Thank you, God, for all the gifts you have given us. Forgive us when we forget to see the bounties of this life. AMEN
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are —————-Theodore Roosevelt
Too often we do nothing because we think we don’t have anything worth while. Then nothing gets done. We can always do something. If that something is your best then it is enough.
Lord God, remind us to use what we have, where we are to help the world. AMEN
No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. ——————-Holy Bible 1 Timothy 5:23
See! The Bible tells us that it is ok to drink wine. I’m sure that Timothy means for us to do this in moderation. There are many things in the Bible that we can read as rules. Some think that drinking alcohol is wrong. If it is for them then they should abstain. The important thing to remember is that we can never be good enough to follow God on our own. Following rules will not work. It is not a bad thing to do but it will not save us. We are called to follow the path of Jesus the very best we can. We need to continue to try…always.
Loving God, we can’t reach you by following rules. Help us to follow Jesus instead. AMEN
At its best, Christian community nourishes the alternative life of centering in God, and instill at passion for compassion and justice for the whole creation.———-Marcus Borg
To be the Christian we are called to be we need to be in community. We need others to share our “God moments” and to hear theirs. We need the support of the community when we are in crisis and should be ready to help when others face problems. If you have not found your community keep looking!
Compassionate God, help us to find that place where we can nurture others and be nurtured. AMEN
We hunger for a kind of group association in which, through being ourselves, we may get to something greater than ourselves. We long to touch the transcendent, and, furthermore, to do it in the company of others who, by sharing our experiences, verify and confirm them. —————-Milton J. Rosenberg
I am one of the people who feel that it is hard to be Christian without a community of faith. We need others to confirm our beliefs. We need them to be with us during our trials and we with them during theirs. We need a family of faith. If you don’t have one search until you find one.
Loving God, help us to find a community that can become our extended family AMEN
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How much time do we spend caring for others? Do we spend most of our time thinking about ourselves? We all need care. We need kind words, hugs, phone calls, lunch dates, visits and many other things. Those things nourish us and help to grow and be fruitful. When we flourish we can pass on to others the care given to us.
Keep the path open between your house and your friends.
Loving God, you show your love for us in so many ways. Help us to do the same for others. AMEN
Teach us to give and not count the cost. Ignatius Loyola
Each day we have time to give. This morning I was in a cafe. A woman came in and seemed a little lost. She ordered her coffee and sat down alone. She turned and look at me and I gave her a big smile. She smiled back and seemed to relax in her chair. I gave nothing that I couldn’t do without. I don’t really know if she needed that smile but I gave it anyway. It made me feel good.
We don’t always have to think about giving away costly things. We can give a smile, a helping hand, a kind word. We can afford to do this every day.
Lord, remind us to give of ourselves every day. AMEN