Archive | January, 2021

Fore!

9 Jan

Tough second shot!
Is that a 6-iron? 8-iron? Baseball bat?
Life can be pretty challenging, can’t it.
I guess that’s an understatement in the midst of
a Pandemic and political pandemonium.
And so I remind myself, and you, that what
seems like an overwhelming, unmanageable
challenge can become bearable, at least, when
we remember roots and relationships. Our
roots are planted in the courageous hope of
our faith demonstrated in the life of
Jesus, and our blessing in hard times
is in relationships with people who care,
love, and support. Friends. The One who
said “I call you friend” and the ones who
live in community with us and support us
in very practical ways.
Whatever your circumstance today,
be thankful for roots and relationships.
By the way, I think it’s a 3 wood.

Puzzleology

7 Jan

I am a jigsaw Puzzleist.
I specialize in Puzzleology.
A year ago, I wouldn’t get near a puzzle.
Who wants to just sit there and look for the
backend of a cow or one piece of green grass
among hundreds? Well, I do now. It like creation
all over again. Let there be a red pickup!
Do you think… No, never mind.
Anyway, I look forward now to the challenges
and the pleasures of Puzzleology.
Some puzzle scenes are so lovely, so inviting
that I don’t want to tear them up, destroy
such a lovely creation.

What happened yesterday in D.C. was an
expression of strongly held values fanned
into flame and set loose on the community to
denounce and demand and even destroy.
Nothing creative, constructive or
compassionate about it. Destruction is a lot
easier than creation. Hours of painstaking
effort to build the puzzle. Ten seconds to
destroy it.

Here’s the point.
We have an ethical, moral and spiritual stake
in this puzzle creation called a nation-community.
This puzzle is never quite finished. Some pieces
are clearly in the wrong places, bad fit, and they
need to be changed. The picture is not finished,
maybe it never will be. It is certainly not perfect.

But, then, neither are the Puzzleologists. Working
together, recognizing that all the pieces are
different but essential, building something
beautiful by sharing resources, and exchanging
wisdom, experience, and insights will help
us create something wonderful, something
we can all claim because we built it together.
Out of a heap of incoherent confusion
comes a loveliness that appeals to us all.
Whatever your understanding about God,
may that Creative Force remind us that
community is better than confusion and
conflict, and that each of us who claim a
place in The Way of Jesus are bound by
spiritual principles and teachings that are
guidelines for personal and community
creation. Some people believe that God
continues to create and that we are
co-creators with the ongoing Sacred
effort. Well, in the Spirit of Christ,
let’s work on this puzzle together,
resolving our differences, valuing
each other’s insights, communicating
compassionately, sharing the effort
toward a common goal.

Yesterday is yesterday. It has no place
in the ongoing creative process of putting
together the pieces of a community. God
give us courage to be creative and
compassion to care.

May it be so. Amen.

I’ll Be In Touch

6 Jan

Love your enemies
Do good to anyone who hates you
Pray for all who mistreat you
Offer your other cheek when slapped
Give your shirt to the one who takes your coat
Give without asking for anything to be returned
If you judge you will be judged
If you condemn you will be condemned
Forgive and you will be forgiven
Treat people the way you want them to treat you

So, this is the complete list?
This is what will be expected of me?
Just to be perfectly clear, if I sign on to
join you, can I start with the easiest one?
And tell me, please, which one would that be?

I see. Well, give me a couple of days and I’ll
get back to you. I’ve got some other options
I need to think about. You understand, right?
Can’t rush into these things.
Got to think things through carefully.
I’ll be in touch.

By the way, there’s not a beginner’s list, is there?
No, well, I just thought I’d ask.
So, like I said: I’ll be in touch.

Blow Kisses Into The Air

5 Jan

You turn your back and they’re gone.
Those beautiful children have no
regard for time or distance. They live
to experience joy, they tumble and run
and jump until they come face to face
with explosive joy, and when they
do, they embrace her and make room
for her in the dancing circle.

You turn your back and they’re gone.
Where the rollicking joy?
Where the spontaneous embrace?
My child is woman.
My child is man.
They leave to meet the world,
to make a world,
and there in the distance
they look back, wave and
blow kisses into the air.

My prayer this day, Sustaining Love,
is one of grateful joy for all children
who wake this morning into this world
of wonder and worry. Help them to be safe,
to know love, to experience the day without
fear. Prompt them, Lord, to look back, wave and
blow kisses into the air.
I will leap and catch some as they
float by.
May it be so. Amen.

Happy New Year ?!

1 Jan
Is it gone yet? 2020!
Can I come out of my hole?
You wouldn’t kid me, would you?
Really gone?
Maybe I’ll just pray awhile.
Lord, about 2020…
What’s the matter, 4-legs?
You don’t have a calendar?

I hope you have a very good 2021! Be well!
Stay safe!
Keep the faith!
Surround yourself with hope!