For your consideration…….

I remember as a kid running in from school and being excited to tell my mother something. Often she would be standing at the kitchen sink. I would blurt it out but the response was nothing like I had anticipated. As I grew older I realized she hadn’t really heard me because she was focused on something else. That has happened to all of us. Actually it still does on a frequent basis. Think about when you greet someone, tell them to have a good day or ask them how they are. The response is often automatic.

This “automatic response” to passive hearing has been a part of our culture for a long time and with the age of electronics we are finding ourselves widening the gap. More than likely we have all picked up a cell phone in the middle of a conversation or peeked at a text. Each of us would probably acknowledge the rudeness of the behavior. Yet we do it. It is almost like we are addicted to our cell phones. Our children and teenagers are often even worse than we are. It is sometimes hard to tell who is imitating who.

We are reminded again of Divine Timing and Providence. If someone is put in our path, they deserve our attention and we in turn need theirs. In this age of electronics we have more access but personal…..really personal…..communication is suffering. Nothing can replace face to face communication. The phone, texting, email etc. is a good substitute when that is not possible but face to face is always better.

We are asked to not waste valuable face to face time. Be fully present. Don’t “miss the moment.”

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……

-Meditate/pray….get all of your personal distractions resolved.

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Expect opportunities…seize them.

What made me smile yesterday……

-A lazy pj morning.

-Peanuts softball game.

-The weather was so miserable during the game there was nothing to do but laugh.

-I am so grateful that I did not take out the extra coats and blankets from my car as I was considering doing.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris



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