For your consideration……

When today’s message came through, my first thought was “seriously”? You see weather here in lower Michigan has been a challenge this week. Students were delayed going back to school until Wednesday or Thursday due to snow and road conditions. Even the freeways were slick as late as Thursday. We’ve been a little stir crazy. But yesterday…..ahhhh…..coming home from school was great. So I got up this morning excited that choices were once again limitless. Then I started getting traffic alerts to stay off all secondary roads due to icy conditions. I was disappointed.

Then our message came in about Mother Earth. The message emphasizes two things. The first is her beauty. We may not know much about the other Galaxies but we do about this one. We have seen the surface of the Moon, Mars, Saturn etc. and while we admire them from afar for their beauty in the night sky, none of us would want to live on them. Earth….our home….. is breathtakingly beautiful.

And she is diverse which is the second part of our message. Day to day, moment by moment she is constantly changing. She is in perpetual motion constantly adapting and adjusting maintaining the balance she needs.

Today we are asked to pause and consider her beauty and our love for Mother Earth and keep her protection every present in our thoughts and actions. The second is to reflect her example in our own life. Adjust and adapt to the conditions that present themselves to our natural growth and beauty.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

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

-Meditate/pray……seek your own balance.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths…..even if you have to do it from the porch.

-Drink at least half your body weight of water.

-Adapt and make your day wonderful.

What made me smile yesterday……..

-Kindergarteners. They are so special.

-I decided that we would go outside for recess. Yes, it is a major time-consuming task to get (20) 5 year olds dressed for the amount of snow we still had on the playground. But how many in-doors recesses can they take, right? Finally, we are all prepared and lined up at the back door of the class room that leads to the outdoors. I give the door holder the ok to open it. She pushes and pushes to no avail. Then the line leader starts to push with her, still to no avail. I realize that there is too much snow against the door. So I get in the action and push with everything I have only to get it half way open but they loved it. I was their hero and 1 by 1 they squeezed through into the deep deep snow. Their squeals made my heart sing. It was so worth the preparation.

-A dry freeway.

-A crock pot dinner. I love coming home knowing dinner is taken care of.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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