This is the image I get of the elitists who now want to run the country. Standing around at their cocktail parties talking about how to deal with the rowdy peasants and keep them calm. So they put one of their own in the white house and then they take positions and share their wisdom with us peons. As I watch the hearings, I pray wisdom prevails. I also know that there are young people in dorm rooms all across the country who are more in touch with reality and have better ideas than those we are threatened with being ruled by in the coming 4 years.
The Department of Labor website states the mission of the department “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.” The president elect seems not to realize that he has the responsibility to defend the people of the citizens against those who would oppress them, those outside or inside the country. We must resist. The One whose birth we celebrate at this time of year, spoke truth to power, we must do the same. We may find ourselves crucified, ostracized, and laughed at but we must speak and act to work for liberty and justice for all.
I love the word serendipity, even though I am hesitant in spelling it. It is a word that feels light and happy just as the definition says “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. This morning I was going through the routine household chores, feeing cats and greeting them, feeding the dog and taking him outside. While we were out, a strange squeaky, chirpy kind of noise could be heard. I had never heard a car sound like that or any mechanical device. Then the dog turned toward the sound and I followed. A beautiful pheasant was in my backyard walking around. What a surprise. Growing up I used to see them all the time in Nebraska. But here greeting me was a pheasant in glorious colors. A wonderful surprise. I was reminded that Godde surprises us in many ways all the time. Advent prepares us for the greatest surprise of all. The Divine one coming to us to show us what it means to be truly human, vulnerable, loving, compassionate, welcoming and speaking truth to oppressive power. I rejoice in the birth of the Prince of Peace. Blessings to all. Darlene
On January 1, 2017 I will enter the stage of life known as retirement. I have learned over the years that does not mean the stage of not caring or not doing anything. In fact, it means getting involved in life in a new way. Considering the current state of affairs, there will be plenty […]
On January 1, 2017 I will enter the stage of life known as retirement. I have learned over the years that does not mean the stage of not caring or not doing anything. In fact, it means getting involved in life in a new way. Considering the current state of affairs, there will be plenty to keep me busy and many new and wonderful friends to meet. So onward and upward. Blessings, Darlene
The sunshine is streaming in the window giving an illusion of a day of warmth. Yet step outside and the chill of the wind startles. Every now and then I need to have my assumptions shaken, to wake my beginner’s mind. It helps me be present to what is really going on around me. More people could use their assumptions challenged, or we will continue to be a divided humanity.
I dreamed last night of buying a new house. I was cleaning out clutter and was surprised by getting more than I realized. I was excited for the possibilities to come. The new year holds so many possibilities for me, my family, my friends and the the faith community I serve.
My prayers are for all to grow deeper in the heart of God.
I haven’t written anything lately. In fact the last time I shared my thoughts was August 2013. The world continues to spin and life continues to rush by with me not taking enough time to reflect.
I have gotten on Facebook and am delighted to keep up with friends and family as their lives have ups and downs. I am kept up with both sides of political issues as I have friends and family who have different perspectives.
So where am I going with this. I guess I want to say to those who have subscribed and now wonder if I have fallen off the face of the earth. I haven’t. I just find it very hard to share my inner thoughts.
People are passionate about the issues and the stands they have taken. Yet not all opinions are consistent with the faith I have learned over the years.
I like the new pope and the way he lives his life. I realize he is the head of the Roman Catholic church and hence he subscribes to its doctrine. I don’t agree with the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church but I wish more people were willing to live like he does and speak like he does in advocating for the poor and marginalized.
I don’t understand why people can’t see that violence, especially the attitude “just shot ’em” is so inconsistent with what Jesus taught and lived.
When did “I will kill to keep what is mine” become the religion of so many people. Jesus never said anything like that or acted anything like that.
That’s my ramblings for today. I may share more thought another day. Peace.
My newsletter article for August 2013
Our culture toys with the idea of spirituality. It nods benignly at those who seek to find a spiritual path to follow. Yet it doesn’t believe that life in the spirit is any more than a way to make you feel good or get you to heaven after you die.
Religion is old-fashioned. In the last 5 years the number of people who fall into the category of the “nones”, those who claim no religious affiliation, has increased from 15% to 20%. For the under 30’s the figure is 33%. According to research done by Pew Research Center:
“many of the country’s 46 million unaffiliated adults are religious or spiritual in some way. Two-thirds of them say they believe in God (68%). More than half say they often feel a deep connection with nature and the earth (58%), while more than a third classify themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious” (37%), and one-in-five (21%) say they pray every day. In addition, most religiously unaffiliated Americans think that churches and other religious institutions benefit society by strengthening community bonds and aiding the poor.
With few exceptions, though, the unaffiliated say they are not looking for a religion that would be right for them. Overwhelmingly, they think that religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in politics.”
The word religion has its origin in the Latin word “to bind, to moor”. Interestingly, binding makes me think of being tied up, while mooring makes me think of anchored. Religion attaches us to a world view, more like a mooring that a binding. In turn, that world view impacts our behavior toward ourselves, each other and the Divine.
Following Jesus as a disciple means our world view is moored to Jesus. Created in God’s image we are to live believing life in community matters. The way we structure the community matters. The way we treat each other and all of creation matters. As we state in our Brief Statement of Faith
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
See you in church and in the community,