Common Good

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday.  The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “common.” I’ve missed the party and my people the last several weeks. I need to get back into a routine! Love you all! We’d love to have you join us.  Just hop onto Twitter on Thursday evenings and follow the #fmfparty. Hope to see you there! 

When I was in college, I acted in the play the Diary of Anne Frank. Something Anne said always jumps out at me, “Despite everything I still believe people are really good at heart.” I don’t know about you but in the days following the election, I have had a hard time believing in these words as we have not been so kind to one another. We havent loved our neighbors as we love ourselves.

I am a woman who is always a lover and not a fighter. Yet I too even have not been the best example of being kind. I have had to pull back and ask for forgiveness for things I said. Not my finest moments in life. But now days later, I have been able to look back and see perspective

We have more in common than we realize. But sometimes our glasses get fogged up and we forget to wipe them clean,. We forget that we are individuals who are called to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. I want us to remember the one thing that we all have in common is that God calls us to be people of love; a love that we freely give to all God’s beloved people. 

And I want to close with the entire quote from Anne Frank because I believe they are appropriate in these days. “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply cannot build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions, and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty will end. And that peace and tranquility will return again. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals. For perhaps, the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out!”

Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace

On Tuesday, the United States of America gathered at the polls to elect our next President. It is no surprise to any of us that the election was very contenscious. So it is also no surprise that half of our country is happy with the results of Tuesday’s election while the other half are grieving, sad and even fearful! (I’ll admit that I am grieving) I know that every person who gathered at those polls on Tuesday voted for the person that they believed in…the person they could fully place their faith and trust in.

As the election returns came in, I was and continue to be saddened at the way we have chosen to treat each other. I thought (and honestly know that we are better than this) But I too have failed miserably at treating my neighbors with love and respect and seeing them “in the best possible light.”

Yet when I give myself some space and listen; truly listen to the voices of those on the margins as well as all those I love, I realize that we all are called even more to live out the words from Micah 6:8 “But what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God?”

In the upper room, Jesus said to his disciples “that they all may be one.” That is what I am committing to working towards; to utter and complete unity for all; for justice for all. I know that there are days that I will fail at that. But I will continue to be the best voice of light and love that I
can be in this broken world.

This is my prayer in the coming days, weeks, months, and years:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith:
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen!” (Prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)

I am linking up with Holley and Coffee for your Heart and Kristin and Three Word Wednesday.


Election Morning Thoughts and Prayer

Today is an important day in the United States of America. Today is election day (It also happens to be quite a few of my friend’s birthdays today too.) As a white woman, I am voting because it is important to me, to my friends and to future generations. It also is important because my mom can no longer physically vote. I am also voting to stand with all my friends whose skin is not white. Whatever happens today, we must remember that we are and always will be called to be God’s disciples in this world.

I began my morning at work lightening a candle and praying; a call from my friends at the Slate Project. I love that together we can gather and hold each other in the midst of today. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is peace in knowing that we are in this together. Today comes with so much. What if the candidate we choose doesn’t get elected? What if they do? What will this mean for future generations? (My friend JC wrote an awesome post for the Slate Project. You can read that HERE!)

For me, I keep coming back to the words from Micah 6:8 where we are “called to do justice, love kindness/mercy and walk humbly with our God.” That is my hope and prayer for today and every day after.

Will you please join me in prayer? Good and Gracious God, today our country gathers for yet another election. This election season has been filled with much contention and fear. Yet we know that you tell us “Do not be afraid.” Help us to fully trust in your word because “the grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.” Today especially when it seems that we are all divided. Help us to remember that we are not alone. We are in this together. Guide us as we seek to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. And teach us to always shower kindness and love on all your beloved children. In your name we pray. Amen!

Today I am linking up with Holly and Testimony Tuesday, Kelly and the RaRa Linkup, and Jennifer and Tell His Story.


One Journey

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday.  The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “journey.” I’ve missed the party and my people the last several weeks. I need to get back into a routine! Love you all! We’d love to have you join us.  Just hop onto Twitter on Thursday evenings and follow the #fmfparty. Hope to see you there! 

I stand with my back to the sun. I walk along the path and journey to my next destination. The prairie wind blowing in my hair. I stop and pick up a sunflower; a reminder of God’s amazing love and abundance. After awhile, I continue on until I end up at the shores of  Lake Sakakawea.
At the shores, I sit and let the water lap against my body. I feel the warmth of the sun on my back while also feeling the cold of a Fall North Dakota day in every fiber of my being. I sit and contemplate all that is going on in this world. I want to run…run away from it all.
Yet God beckons me to get walk with him…to sit and listen to those who are different than me. And as I continue to listen and walk, I grab hold of the hand next to me. Before long, I am walking along not alone but holding hands with all of my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ; all of God’s beloved children. Together we continue along.
After awhile, my new friends each have to part ways. Yet I know our souls are connected as we truly listened to one another. The last one leaves and it is just me and God’s creation. I continue along taking in all of God’s good creation. 
I sit down at one of my fave places and lift my eyes up to the hills; up to the sky, asking for God’s peace and justice to prevail. I feel a shift in my body and soul. I stand up and let out a sigh as I journey into the world knowing God is the one ultimately in control. 

A Months Worth of Sunday Blessings

Because of Write 31 days, I put Sunday Blessings on hiatus. I’ve been keeping the list on my phone. I thought I’d post today before this week’s list gets added too. Enjoy!!

(1) A Vox from Marie

(2) Guest posting over at a friends blog

(3) Calling and talking to my daddy on his bday.

(4) A sweet post from a dear friend. Love you too AD and JL!

(5) My first baked apple of the Fall

(6) A note from my friend AD asking if
I can meet her for lunch or coffee next week.

(7) A new Twitter friend saying that my words were profound. Wow!!

(8) Hugging KD

(9) Working the FLC rommegrot stand with awesome people.

(10) A few posts written before October starts.

(11) Running into DK and his wife from DLC. So fun to hug them and catch up on life.

(12) Coffee on National Coffee Day

(13) Running into radio guy JS at Host Fest.

(14) Receiving my FMF book in the mail

(15) The beginning of the Write 31 Days challenge

(16) Coffee with AD and running into JW

(17) Carmel flavored candy corn

(18) A great first night of FLY

(19) Rodeo with E.G. And her mom

(20) A furnace when the weather turns cold

(21) Leftovers sent home with me

(22) A great turnout for our youth event. So much fun!!

(23) A coffee from a youth parent

(24) Lemon water

(25) Texting with MW

(26) Receiving my FMF tshirt in the mail

(27) My 31 Days Mastermind group

(28) Spicy Pie with CS, KL and AB

(29) My new FMF tshirt

(30) My new Write 31 Days mug

(31) Friday Night Live at Camp Metigoshe

(32) Hanging with CT and her girls.
Love them!!

(33) Chatting with CG and catching up on life.

(34) A nice welcome, blessing and reception for PD this morning.

(35) A Vox from Marie

(36) A Vox from TM

(37) WND LYO (loved hanging with the board and getting to know these youth)

(38) Seeing my friends at WND LYO

(39) #decolonize16

(40) Catching a ride to WND LYO with the Zion crew.

(41) Walking the halls at the LYO with CN singing 80s theme songs.

(42) Hanging with Tony Memmel

(43) A Starbucks gift card

(44) An awesome intergenerational SS hour today.

(45) Our Social Media and You event

(46) A SS kid giving me one of her tball pictures from this summer.

(47) Lunch with KG

(48) Awesome news from RW

(49) Chatting with KW online

(50) Return of Zumba

(51) Time with Aunt N; supper, shopping etc

(52) Winning a gift card from a friend. Thanks Marie!!

(53) Chatting with a Twitter friend. Thanks JS!

(54) An awesome PLN

(55) Getting fun mail from Marie

(56) A surprise mug in my mailbox

(57) Finishing another write 31 days challenge

(58) CT and RT and girls coming to my house to Trick or Treat. KM bringing the girls by too!

(59) My Twitter peeps

(60) All of YOU too!!