Pastor's Weekly Ramble

"Kindness" is a sturdy hand extended raising you up after being knocked to the ground. Kindness is the limitless power that the devil can't overcome with hatred. As the late great poet Maya Angelou said so beautifully, "you may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I will rise." Be kind and we will all rise together.

When we allow ourselves to simply “be” knowing that God created us to be; then we can stop trying to be something other than who we were created to be. So the answer is to be! Not, not to be.

"God is love" says the scriptures. Authentic love is not ours to manage or control. We have no proprietary rights. From God, love flows freely and abundantly like spring water. We are either hydrated by it, or we refuse to drink. We are not its source. We are simply love’s conduit to carry effortlessly to others. From source, through us, to others. Trying to manage or control the abundance causes damming. Somewhere down the line, someone will dehydrate. Just let it flow.

If a church is safely distanced from the world, its members’ hands will stay clean while they worship in their ivory tower. But, ministry will be reduced to theories about ministry and compassion will have no place to practice its craft. The church is the church when it climbs down from the safety of the tower; when its members roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. 

When a caregiver comforts a patient, more is happening than simply quieting the sick. A veil is lifted that separates the physical and the spiritual worlds. Earthly groans are replaced with a soothing voice. The spiritual bond that is created starts restoring body and soul of the sufferer, and the caregiver.