audio Sunday Thoughts: Day 26

Sunday

 “Do not let Sunday be taken from you.” — Albert Schweitzer

Living the Liturgy::

“Thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not hurt or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.'” — Exodus 22: 20

“He said [to the Sadducees who questioned Him as to which commandment in the law is the greatest], ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”  — Matthew 22: 34-40

As October’s end nears and November perches on the horizon, as you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, remember that we, too, were once “the other.”

Listening to::

The Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers game. Football — it never really gets old.

Reading::

MISPLACING GOD (And finding Him Again) by Joanne Heim (no relation) as part of a book club / Bible Study. I find that I must not go more than a few days without immersing myself in His Word or my thoughts and actions start to get wonky.

Joanne Heim states, “I have some challenging people in my life — chances are you do too. When those people cross my path and I’m faced with the temptation to act selfishly or unkindly, I need to have determined ahead of time that I’m going to follow God in that difficult situation.” It made me think of how we all go through times in our lives when it seems easier to just avoid or cut people out of our lives — usually in our youth. And I ponder on this, “Isn’t growing up (growing wiser)” more about learning how to live WITH negative people and not how to avoid them? Truth is, we ALL have our good and not-so-great negative and positive sides to our character. If we were purely perfect, we wouldn’t be human. I’d rather be willing to work through negative moments and not allow them to define a person or situation, or me for that matter. Humans are complicated. Humans are complex. And yet, and yet we are wonderfully made by Him and we must always keep that in heart and mind.

Looking forward to::

Watching some scary, spooky Halloween movies throughout the week and stocking up on goodies to give as treats to the neighborhood hob-goblins on Friday night before the Witching Hour. 🙂

If you are in search of fun costume or decorating ideas for Halloween, visit the new website, Frolicking Gypsies .

Hopefully, we’ll have cooler temperatures as we countdown to Halloween on Friday and the start of November come Saturday. The 80’s may be fun to listen to on the stereo, but they aren’t too fun when it comes to autumn weather. The 60’s –> great music, great temperatures.

Have an awesome end-of-month week, dear reader.

 

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