Archive | May 2015

Relax and Trust

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 I came across this lovely writing below, and wanted to pass it along as an encouraging reminder to relax, let go, and trust.

Enjoy!

Detach and Depend

No matter where we are right now

Or what we are doing,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Presence fills us. 

No matter how hard the struggle

Or how hopeless life can seem,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Light shows us a new way. 

No matter how low we may feel

Or how wrong we think we have been,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Love heals us. 

No matter how lost, how scared,

Or how angry we are,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Peace lifts us.

Life may seem so confusing, so complicated, so

frustrating,

Or life can be joyous, so nurturing, so exciting.

Gratitude can be our reality,

and Faith our guiding star,

If we remember to Detach and Depend on God.

― By Rev. Claudell County

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Let Your Guard Down

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I was watching a program the other day that was honoring the musical talents of Billy Joel. Many of his popular hits were showcased, and several of them were from the album, The Stranger which was introduced in 1977.

His external changes were a stark reminder of how long ago that recording came out, and how fast time has gone since then. Still, the words of his songs are timeless.

As some of his lyrics to ‘The Stranger’ below suggests, we can all probably relate to having a social identity that is different from what we feel deep down within us. Our insecurities can keep us from showing our true self, and accepting all parts of who we are.

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“Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone.”

Therefore, it is tempting to present a more polished version of ourselves in order to have people view us in a certain way. Many of us are afraid of rejection, and this can stop us from being authentic in our sharing, and connecting our vulnerabilities with others.

However, the more we lower our social mask, and open up with trusted others, the more our fears diminish, and the more that playing a part becomes a hindrance instead of a protection.

Do you find it easy to let your guard down?

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Say a Prayer Today

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Often, we don’t know what someone is going through, and even when we do, we can feel helpless to help.

A few days ago, I learned that one of my siblings received some devastating health news, and the prognosis does not look good. There has definitely been a feeling of helplessness, as the unfavorable information, and projected outcomes continue to be assessed.

However, in speaking about the situation on the phone yesterday, we did begin to speak about the power of prayer, and the miracles that can come from that.

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It seemed to bring great comfort that vast amounts of prayers would be requested on their behalf, through prayer chains in churches, and more private requests as well.

What positive ways do you find comfort?